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Oct 10, 2017 06:42 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Soon, airlines may observe 30 seconds of silence on flights carrying soldiers’ bodies

The suggestion by the DGCA comes despite the recent outrage against the Indian Army for bringing back bodies of slain soldiers from Arunachal Pradesh in cardboard boxes without proper military honours

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has forwarded a proposal to all airlines, regarding observation of a 30-second silence on flights carrying back the mortal remains of soldiers and has asked for comments on the same.

“This proposal had come from the armed forces and we have forwarded it to airlines seeking their views,” said a senior official at the aviation regulator, as per a report in The Economic Times.

The suggestion by the DGCA comes despite the recent outrage against the Indian Army for bringing back bodies of slain soldiers from Arunachal Pradesh in cardboard boxes without proper military honours.

Shakti Lumba, an aviation analyst mentioned that such directives should be coming from the government itself rather than the regulatory body.

The circular also suggested that carriers now onwards may have to carry out a ceremony before loading a soldiers body onto an aircraft and after taking it out on arrival.

Another airline executive, who did not wish to be named, suggested that the regulator should pay attention to other issues that are affecting the aviation sector. Speaking about the DGCA the executive said, “Instead of becoming an aviation regulator, it has become a regulator for nationalist fervour.”

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