India’s aviation safety regulator is set to issue a ban on pilots taking selfies, mid-air inside the cockpit, following growing concern and a spate of complaints on how taking photographs could distract cockpit crew and hamper safety.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently grounded three IndiGo pilots for taking selfies in cockpit while they were airborne.
Existing rules prohibit photography inside the aircraft, unless there is prior permission from DGCA, but are seldom enforced by airlines, said a source. “We have been receiving several complaints with pictures posted by pilots themselves on social networking sites like Facebook,” said another official.
“While taking a photograph when the plane is stationary and on the ground will not hamper safety, it may be a safety risk once the aircraft is airborne. We will come out with a safety circular for airlines soon,” he said.
Sources said US aviation regulator Federal Aviation Administration has also put in place restrictions on pilots taking in-flight selfies subject to certain conditions.