Madurai couple's mid-air marriage under probe

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New Delhi : A couple from Madurai who got married mid-air on a plane has landed into trouble along with the airline for allegedly flouting coronavirus rules. The images of their marriage had gone viral on the social media.

"The approval for this flight was taken as a joy ride for the wedding group," said a SpiceJet spokesperson in a statement.

A SpiceJet Boeing 737 was chartered by a travel agent on May 23 as a round trip between Madurai and Bangalore for a group of passengers which included the wedding guests and videographers. They were seen jostling for space as the bride and the groom, dressed in traditional attire, jewellery and garlands, tied the knot. The flight was mid-air for more than an hour with more than a hundred guests.

DGCA on Monday issued a strict action against the couple and the airline. News agency ANI tweeted that the DGCA has issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet and sought a detailed report on the incident.

SpiceJet, on the other hand, defended themselves by saying that a lot of reminders and requests were made to the passengers but they did not follow the rules.

“The client was clearly briefed on Covid guidelines to be followed and was denied permission for any activity to be performed on board...The group was repeatedly briefed on the safety norms to be followed by the operating cabin crew and advised to follow the protocols laid down by the DGCA including restrictions on photography and videography.”

The mid-air wedding was conducted a day before the ongoing lockdown in Tamil Nadu was further tightened due to the rising Covid-19 cases and deaths in the state.