Passengers could not board the flight despite negative RT-PCR, petition in HC to cancel the self-declaration form


The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of the Center and the DGCA on a plea seeking removal of the mandatory online self-declaration form provided under the Air Suvidha App, which passengers have to fill before boarding a flight. COVID-19 negative. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Jyoti Singh issued notices to the Ministry of Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India Ltd on a plea that the self-declaration form would have required knowledge of technology and a smartphone. Is. Seat number which many passengers do not have.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on December 23. The plea by Sumita Kapil, an advocate by profession, sought a direction to the authorities to remove/cancel the self-declaration form provided under the Air Suvidha App.

The petition, filed through advocate Shan Mohan, cited instances of various passengers who could not board a flight to India from abroad as they were unable to fill up their forms on a smartphone and were prevented from boarding the plane despite having a ticket and negative RTPCR. Earlier they could not submit them online. test reports.

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After this, the passengers had to fill the form from the travel agent and book another flight, due to which they suffered huge losses. “Self-declaration form has to declare that the passenger is corona negative which is clear in the RTPCR test report which has to be submitted before check-in at the airport and that report also has the passport number so why the form passport and COVID The photographs of the test reports should be presented over the counter and submitted online, when the physical copies may very well be tracked and posted to the authorities concerned,” the petition said.

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