Indian couple charter plane for mid-air wedding to escape COVID restrictions

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A couple in Indian chartered a passenger plane and held a mid-air wedding to escape the COVID-19 restrictions, it has been reported.

Photos and videos of the mid-air celebrations, attended by more than 160 people were posted on social media which purportedly show people with flowers around their necks, breaching civil aviation rules by ignoring social distancing rules.

The civil aviation authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), ordered an investigation after the videos from the wedding went viral.

A DGCA official has told the Times of India that the staff of SpiceJet aboard the flight had been suspended.

However, SpieceJet said they were unaware that their client’s intention. “The client was clearly briefed on COVID guidelines to be followed and denied permission for any activity to be performed on board,” the carrier said in a statement.

The statement further added “The agent and the guest passengers were briefed in detail, both in writing as well as verbally, on social distancing and safety norms to be followed as per COVID guidelines both at the airport and on board the aircraft throughout the journey.”

This come as most states of India only wedding receptions with a maximum of 50 guest only as the country is suffering a devastating second wave of coronavirus which killed at least 300,000 people so far.

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