Meals allowed on domestic flights, no-fly list warning for passengers without mask

Delhi Airport

New Delhi (NVI): In the latest set of coronavirus guidelines for flyers, Centre has allowed airlines to serve pre-packed snacks, meals and beverages on domestic flights depending on the travel time, and hot meals on international flights.

Apart from that, any passenger who refuses to wear a face mask in a flight can be put on the no-fly list by the airline, according to the latest DGCA guidelines.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-flight meal service was not permitted on domestic flights since their resumption on May 25. On international flights, only pre-packed cold meals and snacks were being served depending on the flight duration since May this year.

Providing further details, the ministry said only single-use disposable trays, plates and cutlery should be used while serving food or beverages on both the flights.

“Crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal/beverage service,” it noted.

Besides food, the DGCA also allowed the usage of in-flight entertainment system on international as well as domestic flights, wherever available.

“Disposable earphones or cleaned and disinfected headphones will be provided to passengers at the start of the journey,” the statement read.

Notably, scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended since March 23. Domestic flights resumed in India on May 25 after a gap of 2 months due to coronavirus pandemic.

-CHK