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Supreme Court Asks Government to Allow Only Aisle and Window Seating in Domestic Flights

Lawstreet Journal 27 May 2020 10:49pm

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The Supreme Court on 25th May 2020, heavily reprimanded the Government for starting domestic flight operations and allowing ticket seat bookings on the middle seats of the airplane. It warned the Government that it should prioritize the health of the citizens over the health of its airlines. 

The Apex Court was hearing a plea by Air India and Government that had challenged an order by Bombay High Court stating middle seats must be kept vacant for international non- operational flights to bring back stranded Indian Citizens. 

Air India Pilot Deven Yogesh Kanani appealed to Bombay High Court stating safety reasons for non- scheduled international flights for bringing back stranded Indians stuck overseas. The Supreme Court widened the scope of the notification to all flights along with domestic and international flights. It also addressed to the Government that it was common sense to ensure social distancing. 

It mentioned that sitting shoulder to shoulder in flights can be harmful. The Top Court, while widening the scope of the notification from beyond non- scheduled flights bringing back stranded Indians to also include domestic flights, stated that Directorate General of Civil Aviation is “free to alter any norms, during the pendency of the matter, in the interest of public health and safety of passengers, rather than commercial considerations.” 

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is a statutory body formed under Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The work of this directorate is to investigate aviation incidents and accidents. The headquarters of this directorate is along Shri Aurobindo Marg, opposite Safdarjung… Continue Reading...

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