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First flight takes off at 4.45 am as Delhi’s IGI airport reopens after 2-month lockdown

At IGI airport, visitors were seen wearing bodysuits, masks, gloves & face shields as they queued up on the first day of domestic travel.

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New Delhi: Domestic flight services resumed Monday after a gap of two months, in view of the Covid-19 lockdown, and the deadly virus has changed the way people fly.

At Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, passengers needed to cross two stages before they were allowed to enter the facility — first, a baggage screening counter that is equipped with ultraviolet rays to kill germs on luggage, and second, get their temperatures checked. There was also a mat to disinfect people’s shoes.

The security check was largely a contact-less experience, with the CISF security personnel standing behind a glass shield. Visitors were seen wearing masks, gloves, face shields and even bodysuits to protect themselves.

The premises is also equipped with automated self check-in kiosks outside each gate for those who fail to check in online. People who had checked in online printed their boarding passes at the kiosks and also received their baggage tags.

The IGI airport saw its first departure at 4.45 am, an IndiGo flight to Pune.

ThePrint’s photographer Suraj Bisht visited the IGI airport and witnessed the changes made to make flying a safe experience for people.

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