DGCA Directs Airlines To Disinfect Planes Every 24 Hrs & Keep Sufficient Hand Sanitisers

by Tonakshi Kalra
DGCA Directs Airlines To Disinfect Planes Every 24 Hrs & Keep Sufficient Hand Sanitisers

Coronavirus is spreading at such an alarming rate that each industry is making all possible efforts to contain its spread. All kinds of precautions are being taken by professionals and industry experts. Now, civil aviation regulator DGCA also directed carriers that all aircraft must be deep-cleaned and disinfected at least once in 24 hours.

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What Is It

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently asked airlines to disinfect and deep-clean each plane every 24 hours. Also place hand sanitizers in lavatories and galleys of each aircraft in view of coronavirus pandemic.

Moreover, the regulator said in its circular that all planes should have one or more universal precaution kit. The directive comes at a time when coronavirus is spreading like anything across the world.

Basic Protective Equipment To Be Included

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There will also be a universal precaution kit to protect crew members who are handling potential coronavirus passengers. The kit will have personal protective equipment like masks and gloves “in sufficient quantity” for use while interacting with passengers.

‘All aircraft shall be subjected to disinfection during transit halts when there are no passengers on board,’ the DGCA was reported as saying. If transit passengers are on board, at least the lavatories and the galleys shall be disinfected in the plane.

What’s More

DGCA also issued a notification directing all airlines not to allow passengers from coronavirus-affected countries prohibited by the government to board the plane.

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According to additional advisory which is issued in accordance with the instructions of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it has been made mandatory for passengers coming from/transiting through to undergo compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days.

Covid-19 disease, which is caused due to novel human interaction or physical touch, has killed more than 15,000 people across the world till date. It’s important for every human being to give their contribution in its prevention.