Indian government’s repatriation programme, Vande Bharat Mission is progressing in full swing.

The national carrier Air India, which is playing a key role in this programme, is providing passengers with two pairs of masks, a pair of gloves and face shields onboard these repatriation flights.

India’s civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri shared a picture via Twitter where passengers are seen wearing face shields with a message that reads, “The times they are changing. Not a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster but a picture of passengers with face shields onboard the Singapore-Mumbai flight which landed earlier today. Preventive measures are the new normal, and changes are here to stay.”

Though the Indian government is yet to finalise the flying guidelines, which will give more clarity on safety measures and rules, Puri hints that face shields could be the new normal when flights resume post-lockdown.

Members of the aviation sector worldwide are trying to come up with innovative options to ensure utmost safety onboard. Italian design firm Aviointeriors, which specialises in designing aircraft cabin interiors and passenger seats, recently proposed two new seat designs for post-Covid-19 travel that attempt to create some social distance between passengers on planes without loosing seating capacity.