DGCA: TAKING PHOTOS/VIDEOS PERMISSIBLE BUT NOT AT THE COST OF PASSENGER CHAOS AND FLIGHT SAFETY
14th September 2020
On Sunday, the Aviation Regulator issued a circular on order passed stating, “No person can take a photograph inside an aerodrome or aircraft except with the prior written permission of the authorities of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD)”. Prior to this there was a 2004 circular allowing bona fide passengers to take photographs during Take-off, flight in motion and landing of the aerodrome. The only prohibition was regarding defense aerodromes. The decision was taken by the Directorate – General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in wake of the incident relating to actress Kangana Ranaut, of media crew creating a ruckus. The DGCA stated that the permission does not include, “use of any recording equipment which imperils or comprises flight safety; violates prevalent norms; creates chaos or disruption during operation of the flight or expressly prohibited by the crew”.