India allows on-board meals, in-flight entertainment

New Delhi: India’s federal government has permitted the resumption of on-board serving of meals and in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights.

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In an order, the government has said that airlines may serve pre-packed snacks and meals and pre-packed beverages as per the policy of the airlines depending on the duration of the flight.

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The order says, in all classes, tray set-up, plates and cutlery will be completely disposable with no re-use, cleaned and disinfected rotables will be used. Further, used disposable trays, crockeries and cutleries shall not be reused and used rotables should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before reuse.

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Beverages will be served in single use disposable units.

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The government had banned the meal and beverage service and in-flight entertainment when flights resumed in the domestic segment from May 25 and in special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 7.

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Domestic flights were suspended from March 25 and international flights from March 23 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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