NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s aviation regulator has told airlines to crack down on the behavior of the crew and after some of the videos on popular Chinese video app, TikTok, showed members of the crew singing and dancing while on duty, a senior government official told Reuters.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the TikTok application is viewed on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Image/File Photo
The warning from the watchdog will be active there are increasing examples of social media posts, especially on the TikTok, with the flight attendants and grooving to popular music, or is the lip sync, movie dialogues, while still in the air.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed all airlines to rein in such behavior, will try to report on the compliance issues, ” one high-ranking official in the department.
“We have issued instructions and told them they are right,” a DGCA official said, adding the letter had also been sent to the airline on the “performances” by the members of the crew, which could put the safety of the passengers is in danger.
A TikTok video will show you a SpiceJet cabin crew member smiling and walking down the aisle of a plane full of passengers, it has been reported by the local and Indian media this week, drawing criticism from people on social media.
SpiceJet Ltd., said in a statement on Friday that the members of the crew were strictly forbidden to photograph or video to a board, and it took strict action against the offenders.
AirAsia India said that it was assured staff adhered to a strict internal guidelines on the use of social media.
IndiGo said it had received a communication from the governor, and it would take appropriate measures, where needed.
Vistara, said that the expectations of the employees, the use of social media, it was clearly laid out in the social media guidelines and training.
The ownership of China’s ByteDance, TikTok, it is one of the world’s most popular mobile apps. It has become a sensation in India, where it has been downloaded over 350 million times, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.
The app also allows users to post short videos with special effects. Hashtags such as #crewlife, #flightattendant, are often used for video, with the crew of approximately 170 million views on the platform.
This week, Reuters found dozens of videos that showed the crew of the airlines, such as IndiGo, AirAsia India and Vistara, part-owned by Singapore Airlines, to sing, to dance, or the entrance walking along the aircraft aisle.
TikTok does not respond to a request for comment.
A TikTok video on a user’s system, they think of themselves as “#Dancer #cabincrew #indigo”,, showed it to her and another flight attendant to wear the uniform and dancing to a Bollywood song in a plane and blows a kiss to the camera.
In another video, TikTok user to wear a shirt with Vistara’s logo and a fluorescent safety vest at the top, is seen dancing to a popular DJ Snake’s song on the airport apron a plane to be seen in the background.
Earlier this week, Vistara’s chief commercial officer Sanjiv Kapoor told staff in an internal e-mail of pictures from the inside or the outside of the aircraft that do not meet the guidelines will not be allowed, and only one, smart, and stylish, the photos that seem to show that the airline is in a positive light were allowed.
“But the goofy/immature/tacky/cheap “tik-tok” type of photo “s and video” s are to be strictly prohibited,” Kapoor wrote in an e-mail, seen by Reuters, while also referring to the regulator’s latest statement.
Report) Aditi Shah and Aditya Kalra; Editing by Kim Coghill and Mark Potter