According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Aarogya Setu app has now been declared as compulsory for airline passengers. This comes after the Civil Aviation Ministry announced it would restart domestic flights from May 25. The guideline is a portion of SOP issued to airlines as well as airport operators before the passenger airlines re-operate. In addition to using the app, passenger use of masks and gloves, and thermal screening will also be required.
As per the AAI document, all departing passengers have to register the ‘Aarogya Setu’ app on their mobile compulsorily, and the same should be reviewed at the entrance gate by CISF/Airport staff.
AAI also noted that the app is not going to be compulsory for children whose age is below 14 years and intend to fly. Also, passengers who do not display as “Green” on the app will not be allowed inside the airports. The Aarogya Setu app has already been declared as compulsory for the country’s train passengers.
The passengers have been informed to reach the airport two hours in advance to their scheduled flight departure timings. There will be a thermal inspection of all passengers before their entry. The screening points, entry gates, airport terminal, etc. will need to follow social distancing norms. Airport display systems and boards will alert passengers of the norms.
There’s still no clarification as to whether passengers who don’t own a smartphone or a Jio Phone will be permitted to fly or not. Currently, the app is available only for Android smartphones, iOS smartphones, and KaiOS-based Jio Phone models.
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