Amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases throughout the country, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday directed airport authorities to consider imposing fines on passengers found flouting covid-19 norms.
This development comes just days after the DGCA had directed airlines to deplane passengers who do not wear their masks “properly”. The aviation regulator had also asked airport authorities to take strict action against passengers who do not follow social distancing norms and treat them as “unruly passengers”.
In a circular on Tuesday, the regulator said, “During the surveillance of some airports, it has come to notice that compliance (of Covid-19 protocols) is not satisfactory.”
“All airport operators, therefore, are requested to ensure that the instructions on Covid-19 protocol from the standpoint of wearing face mask properly, covering nose and mouth, as well as maintaining social distance norms within the airport premises are followed scrupulously,” it said.
Accordingly, all airport operators can increase surveillance in this regard, the DGCA said.
“The possibility of taking punitive action, such as levy of spot fines in accordance with the law, shall also be explored with the local police authorities so as to serve a deterrent for violation of Covid-19 protocol,” it stated.
Fifteen passengers, who were found violating Covid-19 norms on domestic flights of three airlines between March 15 and March 23, may be banned for three months by the carriers, senior officials of DGCA had said last week.
(With PTI inputs)