Concerned about security risks arising out of in-flight selfies, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) may soon ask airlines to strictly enforce a ban on taking pictures inside cockpit and at other critical places, including by both crew members and passengers. While existing rules also put some restrictions on in-flight photography, the regulator will come out with a detailed set of guidelines in a few days in the wake of certain cases coming to the light about possible security risks from clicking cockpit selfies. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
With increased use of smart devices, there have been many instances of travellers as well as crew members, including pilots, clicking photographs inside flights. Against this backdrop, the aviation regulator DGCA is working on guidelines for airlines that would cover various aspects of photography inside an aircraft including selfies. A senior DGCA official today said the regulator would be soon coming with a circular in this regard, mostly likely next week. “It will be a safety circular for providing guidance to airlines,” the official said, even as he made it clear that there are already rules in place for “photograph at aerodromes or from aircraft in flight”. According to the official, the circular would cover issues such as whether photography is permitted in cockpit including selfies. Also Read - OnePlus India partners American Express for cashback deals, EMI offers and more
The aspects like at what stage of a flight can ground photography be permitted might also included in the circular, he added. Recently, six pilots of IndiGo came under the scanner of DGCA for allegedly taking pictures in the cockpit with family members. Under the Aircraft Rules, 1937, photography from an aircraft in flight is prohibited unless there is prior permission from authorities concerned.
DGCA and the government lately have been working on making airlines in India safer and more comfortable. Recently, it was reported that the Indian government is in discussions to allow the use of Wi-Fi facilities on flights in the Indian airspace. Presently, use of internet, in fact use of mobile phones at all is prohibited in flights. Right now, the only way a passenger can use a smartphone is while keeping it on the airplane safe mode.