The Madurai couple, Rakesh and Dakshina, decided to rent an entire chartered flight for two hours and invited 161 guests to carry out their wedding ceremony in full attendance of all their friends and family. A travel agent in Madurai chartered a SpiceJet Boeing 737 on 23 May 2021, for a group of passengers for a joy ride. 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.
Airport Authority officials were unaware of the mid-air marriage. Therefore, the Director General of Civil Aviation initiated an investigation over reports of mid-air marriage ceremony. DGCA has ordered taking the crew off duty and has asked for registering a complaint against all passengers who were part of the onboard marriage celebration and violated COVID-19 appropriate behavior.
The agent and the guest passengers were briefed in detail, both in writing as well as verbally, on social distancing and safety norms to be followed as per Covid guidelines both at the airport and on board the aircraft throughout the journey. 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 DGCA including restrictions on photography and videography. Despite repeated requests and reminders, the passengers did not follow Covid guidelines and the airline is taking appropriate action as per rules.
However, in the latest twist to the tale, an image of crewmembers onboard the Spice Jet flight posing with the newly married couple has gone viral on social media, contrary to Spice Jet’s official position on the matter.