Amid a meteoric rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has banned in-flight meals of short-duration flights. The Ministry on Monday said meals will not be served in flights of duration lesser than 2 hours.
The MoCA order comes on a day when India once again reported a record rise in fresh cases dislodging Brazil from the unenviable position of the second worst-hit nation in the pandemic.
The ministry considering the increasing threat of COVID-19 and its variants decided to reviewed onboard meal services in the domestic flight operations.
The airlines, operating flights on domestic sectors may provide may serve pre-packed snacks, meals, pre-packed beverages as per the policy of the airlines, wherein the flight duration is two hours or more. In all classes, tray set-up, plates and cutlery will be completely disposable with no re-use, or cleaned and disinfected rotables will be used, the circular noted.
In all classes, tea, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage services will be in disposable cans, containers, bottles, glasses. There will be no pouring service and beverages will be served in single-use disposable units. All used disposable and rotable meal trays, plates, cutleries, beverages bottles, cans, glasses will be disposed off in the trash bags, carts by the crew, at the end of the meal service.
The crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal, beverage service.