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Covid-19: Airlines don't have to keep the middle seat vacant, says SC

The apex court dismissed a plea against a Bombay High Court order that allowed middle-seat occupancy on domestic flights

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DGCA had submitted that expert committee recommendations on safety and health have been incorporated for airline operations

BS Web Team New Delhi
Airlines in India will not have to keep the middle seat vacant, after the Supreme Court upheld a Bombay High Court order on Friday. The apex court held that airlines had followed adequate safety measures to ensure safety of passengers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A two-judge bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Bhushan Gavai of the SC dismissed Air India pilot Deven Kanani's challenge against the Bombay HC order that allowed middle-seat occupancy for all domestic flights.

The pilot had filed special leave petition against a decision by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 31 May, which permitted

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First Published: Jun 26 2020 | 4:43 PM IST

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