The Directorate of Civil Aviation is soon to ban taking of selfies for passengers and crew onboard. This is the second time, the aviation regulator has burst out on the selfie culture on board. Earlier in July, two IndiGo had been reported to the DGCA for taking selfies on board. This complaint was brought by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) by an RTI applicant for clicking selfies in the cockpit.
The officials had said that at least one of the 6 Indian Airlines pilots were facing a probe by the safety regulator for clicking selfies in the cockpit of an airborne plane. The officials had also informed the flight management to discourage such acts. An IndigGO spokesperson had also confirmed the investigation. A statement was issued by the airlines saying that the management was aware of the probing of their flight crew for violation of safety rules set by the regulator.
The pictures posted on facebook profiles of the respective crew members show that they were taken inside a grounded plane. Though the officials from DGCA air safety department said that the pictures raised the issue of the lack fo decorum. The complaint reads that one of the officers had put a picture of his wife in the seat of the pilot, whereas another shows the pilot taking a selfie with his parents occupying the pilot’s seat. The other selfies were clicked by different pilots with different colleagues. The Aeronautical Information Circular 7 (2004) though, does not bar the passengers from clicking pictures inside the aircraft.