Wearing mask on flights no longer mandatory in India but remains ‘preferable’: Govt

India has now made wearing masks optional for domestic and international passengers due to the vastly improved pandemic situation. The Union aviation ministry on Wednesday issued an order saying that from now on in-flight announcements made by airlines “may only mention that in view of the threat posed by Covid-19, all passengers should preferably use mask/face covers. Any specific reference to fine/penal action need not be announced as part of the in-flight announcements.”