No selfies on aircraft: Indian aviation regulator tells flight crew

DGCA said taking pictures inside the aircraft can be distracting, which may lead to error and can cause risk to the people on-board. Photograph:( Getty )

DNA New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 16, 2016, 02.45 AM (IST)
Indian aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has prohibited flight crew from taking selfies on the aircraft. 

The regulator has also asked the airlines to ensure that passengers do not “indulge into photography” while boarding or deboarding a plane, Indian news agency PTI reported today. 

The fresh guidelines, according to the news agency, come in the wake of several cases coming to the fore about 'possible security risks' from clicking cockpit selfies amid increased usage of smart devices. 

“...to ensure safety of aircraft operations, all the air operators are required to ensure provision of AIC 3 of 1997 and Operation Circular 4 of 2011 on the subject are scrupulously followed...crew do not indulge in photography during any phase of flight. Passengers do not indulge into photography while embarking/disembarking from the aircraft,” DGCA said in Air Safety Circular, issued late last month.

“Many instances have come to the notice wherein cockpit crew has indulged in photography in the cockpit. In few instances, both pilots were away from the aircraft controls when the photographs were taken,” the DGCA circular said.

Six pilots of one of the airlines, IndiGo, came under the DGCA scanner recently for allegedly taking pictures in the cockpit with family members.
 
Photography from an aircraft in flight is prohibited unless there is prior permission from authorities concerned under the Aircraft Rules, 1937. 

(WION with inputs from PTI) 
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