All the airlines that have resumed operations in India have been asked to allot seats in a manner that ensures middle seats, between two passengers, are vacant to the extent possible. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday informed the airlines that in case they have to allot middle seat due to high demand, then the passengers should be provided with protective gear.
The airline regulator asked the airlines to provide a three-layered face mask, face shield and a “wrap-around gown (Ministry of Textile approved standards” to those occupying the intervening seat in an airplane
This came after the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that keeping the middle seat vacant would not be viable for the both airlines and passengers as the fares would shoot up. The domestic flight operations in India resumed last week after a gap of over two months due to the countrywide lockdown. The international flight services will be resumed before August.