Deboard Passengers Not Wearing Face Mask Properly on Flights: Delhi High Court to Airlines

If a passenger, despite being reminded more than once in flight, refuses to follow this protocol, they can be deboarded and placed on a “no-fly” regimen, either permanently or for a stipulated, sufficiently long, period.

          March 10, 2021, New Delhi: Passenger travelling on flights without wearing face mask properly can be offloaded by cabin crew as per recent guidelines issued by Delhi High Court to DGCA and all airlines. The suo moto cognizance was take after Justice C. Hari Shankar who was travelling from Delhi to Kolkata in a flight noticed that many passengers had worn the masks below their chin and were exhibiting a stubborn reluctance to wear their masks properly.

Judge Hari Shankar was on an Air India flight from Kolkata to New Delhi on March 5 where he saw the behaviour of the passengers and issued a suo moto cognizance based on his observations. Justice Shankar made clear that masks should be worn as directed by governmental instructions, covering the nose and mouth, and not worn merely covering the mouth or below the chin.

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