Flight delayed after boarding? New rule offers big relief to flyers stuck inside aircraft


Is your flight delayed? Now, you don't have to spend hours sitting in a cramped plane waiting to take off! Civil Aviation Security Bureau (BCAS), the aviation safety watchdog, has issued new guidelines that will allow passengers to deboard and wait for a flight in case of long delays. airport terminal,
Passengers experiencing long flight delays or emergencies after boarding can now exit the aircraft and wait at the terminal. The change aims to reduce overcrowding and delays, while giving passengers access to amenities such as water, snacks and toilets.
BCAS Director General Zulfikar Hasan announced the implementation of these guidelines while emphasizing the importance of reducing the hassles of passengers during long waits. Airlines And airport operators have been instructed to follow the new protocols, with the decision to land aircraft being left up to them.
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He said the guidelines will help ensure “less harassment” for passengers and they will not have to sit inside the plane for long after boarding.
If the flight faces significant delay or emergency after boarding, passengers will be allowed to disembark at the departure gate of the respective airport.
Hassan highlighted the need to put in place infrastructure, including screening, to support these guidelines.
In a recent incident, BCAS imposed a total fine of Rs 1.80 crore on IndiGo and Mumbai Airport for serving street food to passengers of a delayed flight. Hassan stressed the agency's commitment to address airport congestion through the implementation of optimal standards and equipment.
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BCAS plans to introduce security lanes at airports to improve passenger experience. The move is expected to benefit passengers, especially during challenging times like the foggy winter in North India, when long delays can cause hassle and inconvenience.
The number of domestic flights departing daily is increasing, with approximately 3,500 flights taking off each day.

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