DGCA Slaps Rs 5 L Fine On IndiGo For Barring Kid With Special Needs To Board Flight

| Updated: 28 May, 2022 3:25 pm IST
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NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on budget carrier IndiGo for denying boarding to a boy with special needs permission to fly.

The DGCA in a statement said, “In the case involving a special child with reduced mobility, who along with the other family members were denied boarding at Ranchi Airport on May 7, 2022, an enquiry was conducted by DGCA and based on the findings during the enquiry, a show cause notice was issued to Indigo Airline through its authorized representative.”

It said that further to meet the ends of justice, a personal hearing along with the opportunity of making written submissions was afforded by the DGCA and after following the due process of law, it has been observed that the handling of the “special child” by the IndiGo ground staff was deficient and ended up exacerbating the situation.

DGCA said that a more compassionate handling would have smoothened the nerves, calmed the child and would have obviated the need for the extreme step resulting in “denied boarding” to the passengers.

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DGCA also noted that special situations deserve extraordinary responses but the airline staff failed to rise to the occasion and in the process committed lapses in adherence to the letter and spirit of the Civil Aviation Requirements (Regulations).

“In view of this, the Competent Authority in DGCA has decided to impose a penalty of Rs Five Lakhs on the airline under the provisions of the relevant Aircraft Rules,” the statement said.

It also said that further to stave off such situations in future, “DGCA shall revisit its regulations and bring about the necessary changes in due course and mandate written consultation with the Airport Doctor on the state of health of the passenger as well as with the Commander of the Aircraft for his/her opinion in allowing such passenger on board”.

“Airlines should also revisit their Standard Operating Procedures and training processes for dealing with such cases, in order to bring a more humane touch,” it added.

On May 7 a video on social media showed that the IndiGo staff refused to allow a special child from boarding the Ranchi-Hyderabad flight. It had drawn widespread criticism, prompting the aviation regulator to launch a probe.

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