In a video of the wedding that went viral on social media, the couple and their guests can be seen flouting all social distancing norms.

The Madurai airport authority has said it was unaware of the plan, however, the flight’s crew has landed into trouble.

The SpiceJet crew at the wedding

The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) has launched an investigation into the incident.

“The crew of the flight has been off-rostered and the airline has been directed to lodge a complaint with relevant authorities against those not following Covid-appropriate behaviour,” a senior DGCA official told the Indian Express on May 24. He added that the aviation safety regulator was conducting an inquiry into the incident “and shall take strict action.”

As per DGCA rules, unruly flyers can face three levels of punishment: A three-month ban for verbally abusing the crew, a six-month ban for physical assault, and a minimum of two-year ban for life-threatening behaviour.

SpiceJet’s spokesperson said the company had briefed the flying party on Covid protocols. “A SpiceJet Boeing 737 was chartered by a travel agent in Madurai on May 23, 2021, for a group of passengers for a joy ride post their wedding. The client was clearly briefed on Covid guidelines to be followed and denied permission for any activity to be performed on board. The approval for this flight was taken as a joy ride for the wedding group,” the spokesperson said.

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