Unite Without Borders
  • Home/
  • Fliers To Sit A Seat Apart: Social Distancing Rules For Airlines

Fliers To Sit A Seat Apart: Social Distancing Rules For Airlines

Fliers To Sit A Seat Apart: Social Distancing Rules For Airlines
Domestic operations continue in India while international flights have been banned till March 31
New Delhi: 

Fliers should sit one seat apart and cabin crew should maintain distance while serving on flights, the civil aviation regulator DGCA directed today amid restrictions including a lockdown across India to check the spread of coronavirus.

Airlines have been asked to ensure distance at check-in counters and enough space as passengers wait for their flights. The notice from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said,

Ensure that boarding is done in a manner to avoid bunching of passengers at any time and also ensure adequate spacing between passengers in boarding lines.

Airlines have been asked to provide sanitisers for staff and passengers at the entry of the aircraft and take all possible action to ensure social distancing.

Airports have been asked to ensure public service announcements to sanitise passengers and airport staff.

Domestic operations continue in India while international flights have been banned till March 31.

Yesterday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that flights in and out of Delhi would be suspended. However, the DGCA soon came out with a clarification that there was no such ban on domestic flights.

Many airlines have cut down their flights because of the drop in movement between cities over coronavirus or COVID-19, which has taken more than 13,000 lives worldwide.

India has 415 cases of coronavirus. Seven people have died.

Eighty districts across the country are under full lockdown from today. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, which see high air traffic.

Share this story on


Help protect our medical caregivers in the fight against coronavirus

Money Raised So Far

Donate Now



About The Campaign

About The Campaign

COVID-19 remains a health emergency and a deadly threat, especially to the most vulnerable. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been responding to the global pandemic since it began. MSF doctors and nurses are treating patients and supporting communities across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Now the independent medical organisation is starting operations to combat COVID-19 in India. By setting up dedicated medical facilities to treat COVID-19 patients in Govandi, Mumbai and Patna in Bihar – where needs are huge and growing - and improving hygiene and sanitation among at-risk communities, MSF is working hard to save lives and contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

We need your help to deliver this urgently needed care. Your money will go to support MSF’s frontline medical staff and healthcare workers, supplying them with essential technical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), plus mental-health support for medical staff working during this stressful time. Your contributions will also go towards containing the outbreak by providing masks and hygiene kits to keep thousands of the most vulnerable people protected.

*Disclaimer: NDTV is the broadcast partner for a 2-hour telethon by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to raise donations to combat COVID-19 virus. The donations are received by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and shall be utilized according to a plan prepared and monitored by them. 


NDTV has no role to play in the use of donations and will not be liable for any claim(s) made by any person or entity, including any statutory or governmental authority, aris ing out of the collection or utilization of these donations.


The global prices for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) have been fluctuating  dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this the price mentioned for a full PPE kit - face protection, goggles and mask or face shield, gloves, gown or coverall, head cover, rubber boots - may not reflect the final purchase price. As well as being able to procure PPE in necessary numbers, MSF also requires it to be of a necessary standard. The volatility of the global PPE market is likely to continue, which is why MSF has been calling for a form of regulation to allow equitable and reliable distribution of medical equipment and PPE that is of necessary minimum quality.

The cost mentioned is for a kit for a caregiver and not a single PPE kit.​​