New Delhi: Since the breakout of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, several airline staffers and officials have been complaining of incidents where they were ‘ostracised’ by their communities because of their “line of duty and travel history”. Also Read - Total Lockdown in Maharashtra Soon? CM Thackeray to Take Final Call on Sunday After Task Force Meeting | Highlights
A video surfaced on the internet, shared by news agency ANI, in which an employee of a leading carrier appealed to people to stop spreading rumours and harassing aviation staffers, after she faced ostracism in her housing society for allegedly spreading coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus: Beaches in Chennai, Two More Districts to Remain Shut on Weekends
“Being in the service industry, we people are facing a lot. I’m living in such a place that is full of hypocrites, including the local police,” the woman could be heard saying in a quivering voice in the video. Also Read - COVID-19: Home Delivery of Liquor in Mumbai, BMC Fixes Time-table. Deets Inside
She went on to say how her neighbours and people in the society constantly harass her and her mother, whom she stays with. “When I’m not at home, people are coming and harassing my mother. They are not letting her buy groceries saying that ‘your daughter has corona and you are infected too, you will spread corona to all of us’,” she said.
“We are being checked (for precautionary measures) in and out… we are taking more precautions… so please it’s a request to stop spreading rumours that we have coronavirus,” she added.
The incidents were first brought to the public light by national carrier Air India, followed by privately-owned domestic airlines IndiGo earlier this morning.
“There are some instances when our employees have been ostracised from their communities as a result of their line of duty and travel history,” IndiGo said in a statement.
“The nation gave a standing ovation to the heroes for their fight against this pandemic on March 22. Our operational crew, in all areas, play an equally important role to keep vital services intact. Our colleagues have been working selflessly to serve the country at this critical juncture,” it added.
The low-cost carrier stated that its employees have been the front-runners in bringing Indian citizens back to the country and “enabling” them to reach their hometowns even during restricted movements. The airlines requested people to support the crew while the nation is facing such a crisis.
Notably, India has banned all international flights from Sunday for a period of one week. On Monday also announced that no domestic flight would be flying in its airspace from Wednesday onward. At least 9 people have died of the coronavirus pandemic in India while the total positive count nears 500.