NEW DELHI: The Delhi police have issued prohibitory orders, effective from June 1 to July 30, banning drone and laser beam activities within the approach path of flights to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). According to sources, these measures have been implemented due to the movement of VVIP aircraft at the airport, which is related to political developments in the national capital and the Prime Minister’s oath-taking ceremony.
The Air Traffic Control of IGI Airport has reported incidents of pilots experiencing vision distraction caused by laser beams, particularly during aircraft landing. This not only creates a nuisance but also poses a potential danger to the safety and security of passengers, crew, and the aircraft itself. The order states that numerous farms houses, banquets, hotels, and restaurants in the vicinity of the airport use lights, including laser beams, during celebrations such as marriages and parties, which can cause vision distraction for pilots.
Currently, there are no rules or regulations in place to control the use of laser beams, especially in open areas during night hours. The order emphasizes the necessity of taking immediate measures to prevent danger to human life, ensure aircraft safety, and contain the nuisance caused by the use of laser beams in and around IGI Airport.
Another order specifically addresses the banning of drones within airport premises.
There have been frequent reports based on credible information suggesting that terrorists have planned to carry out attacks using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including “drones, Para-gliders, hang-gliders, UAVs, Aero-models, etc.” The use of such devices by members of the public is prohibited due to the potential hazards they pose to aviation safety and the security threat of terrorist air attacks.
The order stresses the serious concern for the safety and security of government, public property, and human beings, and the need to deter the operations of UAS from the perspective of aviation safety and terrorist threats. It also highlights the necessity of taking swift measures to prevent this dangerous threat. Any person or group found contravening this order shall be liable to punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).