An Indian couple chartered a plane to get married in the clouds in front of 161 guests, in violation of anti-Covid restrictions, press reported on Monday. The Indian Civil Aviation Authority has ordered an investigation and suspended the aircraft crew, official sources said. Most states in India, which passed the threshold of 300,000 coronavirus deaths on Monday, allow a maximum of 50 guests to attend weddings.
The bride and groom, whose identity has not been disclosed, said “yes” on Sunday when the plane of the company SpiceJet, which was going to Bangalore (south), flew over the temple of Minakshi, in Madurai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the Hindustan Times newspaper said. Videos and photos of the onboard festivities, showing guests with flowers around their necks and taking selfies, were posted on social media, but could not immediately be authenticated.
Passengers banned from flights?
Contrary to the rules in force in civil aviation, hardly any of them wore a health mask and the rules of social distancing were largely ignored. According to the press, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked Spicejet to take action against the newlyweds and their guests. They could be banned from passenger flights.
The company justifies itself
“The agent and guest passengers were informed in detail, in writing and orally, of the social distancing and safety rules to be followed in accordance with Covid guidelines, at the airport and on board the aircraft throughout the trip. “, Defended a spokesperson for Spicejet to Indian media. “Despite repeated requests and reminders, passengers have not followed the guidelines and the company will take appropriate action in accordance with the rules,” he added.
Several Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns in the past six weeks, as India is hit by a devastating wave of Covid-19, which has overwhelmed the hospital system.