WHY HAVE THEY BEEN BANNED- Air India has had 11 COVID-19 cases after landing at Hong Kong.The ban period is of two weeks,this has disturbed many passengers journey to go to their country and has left many stranded as well.Today, the government linked 11 imported cases to an Air India flight from Delhi, which has prompted the harsh action.
THE RESULT OF THIS INCIDENT-
Air India will now be suspended from flying to Hong Kong from today, August 18th, until August 31st. The government of Hong Kong was able to do this by invoking the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travelers) Regulation.This law allows officials to prevent an aircraft from landing if they believe passengers onboard to have contracted or to have been exposed to the virus. It is the first time that an airline has received such a ban and brings concerns over the efficacy of the testing being done by Air India.
THE STATEMENT GIVEN BY HK GVT.- “The fact 11 passengers tested positive on the same flight shows the lab tests back in India are not very reliable. The airline has to do deep cleaning and make sure it won’t happen again on future flights before they can be resumed.”
They believe that this has occurred due to poor pre-flight testing by India.This has never happened,hence the penalty.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PASSENGERS? –
Since word of the ban emerged late yesterday, Air India has been contacting its customers to cancel subsequent flights. A flight scheduled to take place today was canceled, and further repatriation flights are looking to be in jeopardy.SCMP reports that another flight was slated for August 21st, as well as two more on the 25thand 28th of the month. At present, none of these will be able to proceed, causing further anxiety for people who have been waiting to travel for months.Today’s flight had been fully booked, with more than 200 passengers ticketed to fly. Many had traveled from all over India to reach Delhi to catch the flight and were now stranded in the city, awaiting news of their next opportunity to leave. Many will not only be out of pocket for the cost of the flight, which will likely take some time to refund, but also for the nonrefundable quarantine hotel, which has to be booked in Hong Kong.