A flight attendant in PPE gear gives safety instructions | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A flight attendant in PPE gear gives safety instructions | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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New Delhi: The coronavirus-induced lockdown had halted domestic travel for two months, before the restrictions were eased on 25 May. However, the new rules regarding social distancing and personal protection to keep the virus at bay have drastically changed the process of security checks and surveillance at the airport.

From passengers wearing PPE kits, flight attendants distributing face shields to thermal screening at most checkpoints, the increased surveillance means a longer and more complicated airport and flight experience.

ThePrint’s Praveen Jain and Kairvy Grewal document their journey from New Delhi to Ahmedabad in the time of Covid-19.

At the airport in New Delhi, a security staffer with an elongated metal detector screens a passenger. The detector was elongated in compliance with social distancing measures | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
At the airport in New Delhi, a security staffer with an elongated metal detector screens a passenger. The detector was elongated in compliance with social distancing measures | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers waiting to board their flight sit on chairs kept at a distance from each other | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers lounge in recliner chairs positioned at a distance from each other as they wait to board their flight | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers take nap at the airport covering their entire face | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Some take nap at the airport with their faces entirely covered | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The ground staff of IndiGo distributes face shields and PPE kits. The kits are only given to passengers who will be travelling in the middle seat | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The ground staff of IndiGo distributes face shields and PPE kits. The kits are only given to passengers booked in middle seats | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers maintain physical distance from each other as they show their boarding pass and ID cards to the IndiGo crew before boarding the flight | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers maintain physical distance from each other as they show their boarding pass and ID cards to IndiGo crew before boarding the flight | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A flight attendant in a PPE kit gives safety advisories and instructions to passengers | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A flight attendant in a PPE kit gives safety advisories and instructions to passengers | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The IndiGo flight attendants smile for photos even though they are in masks and shields | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IndiGo flight attendants smile for photos even though they are in masks and shields | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers undergo thermal screening to check their temperature after landing at the airport in Ahmedabad | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Passengers undergo thermal screening after landing at the airport in Ahmedabad | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A man in protective gear holds his child, whom he has bundled up into a blanket as protection against the virus | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A man in protective gear holds his child, whom he has bundled up in a blanket as protection against the virus | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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