Until now, it was mandatory to wear a mask or face shield when traveling on flights.
In a statement to scheduled airlines, the ministry said the latest decision was taken in line with the government’s policy of a phased approach to dealing with COVID-19, as reported by news agency PTI.
“…from now on, the on-board announcements can only mention that, in view of the danger posed by COVID-19, all passengers should preferably use a mask/face shield,” the announcement states.
He also said that specific reference to fine/penalty need not be announced as part of in-flight announcements.
India reported 501 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a day after the lowest since April 6, 2020, at 474, according to health ministry data.