Amid festive rush, social distancing norms go for a toss at Delhi airport

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International and domestic passengers have posted several videos on social media complaining about non-compliance of standard operating procedure (SOP) related to COVID-19 at the airport.

New Delhi: Social distancing norms went for a toss at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport during the festive rush.

International and domestic passengers have posted several videos on social media complaining about non-compliance of standard operating procedure (SOP) related to COVID-19 at the airport. In a video purportedly taken by a fellow passenger, passengers were seen not following social distancing in the departure area of ​​Terminal 2 of the Delhi airport.

In other videos, passengers were seen standing in long queues at the entry of the T3 departure and at the green channel.

Sarika Gupta Bhattacharya, a passenger at Delhi airport tweeted that “Heard about Delhi road rage, I experience airport rage every week. Trouble traveling in morning from Delhi airport T3. Entry. There are troubled queues till the airport, check-ins, scuffles between passengers due to security checks.”

Sunil Singhvi, another passenger at the airport, said, “There is a huge crowd at the entry point in Terminal 3 of IGI. Security cannot maintain proper handling of COVID. I would ask the authorities to pay attention before it becomes a COVID hotspot. I urge.”

Another passenger Ankit Srivastava said, “The quality of services at the airport is deteriorating. More than 60 passengers are waiting for security check at Delhi airport for my flight, but there is no one at the counter.”

A senior airport official, who did not wish to be named, told ANI that around 82 per cent of the air traffic has returned as compared to pre-COVID times. “This is a good sign, but at the same time they have to take care of the COVID-19 related guidelines,” it said.

“We have deployed guards, foot marking and public address systems to ask passengers to follow social distancing and wear face masks. We are responding to all queries raised by passengers on social media. Let’s ensure a happy and safe journey,” said an airport official.

Many passengers complained of lack of staff at the airport to handle passengers and soon there would be long queues at every counter from entry to check-in. (ANI)

First published:October 22, 2021, 2:50 pm

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