Media frenzy on Kangana Ranaut's flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai on Wednesday, which completely defied social distancing protocol, is under investigation after chaotic videos were shared on social media.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought a report from IndiGo on alleged "violation of safety and social distancing protocol by media personnel on flight 6E-264. Sources say the aviation regulator decided to act on spotting the videos. The airline said it has responded.
In videos that have emerged online, reporters are seen speaking into their mics or taking mobile phone videos while reporting for their channels from the plane in the middle of a wild chase of Kangana Ranaut, who was returning to Mumbai that day in the middle of a huge row with Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena.
Though camera crew have face shields on, the purpose is defeated as masks are off and everyone is jostling for a better view of Kangana Ranaut.
The media chaos intensified as Mumbai's civic agency started demolishing what it called illegal alterations to her office even when she was on her way. Anticipating drama, the media followed her journey to Mumbai.
IndiGo, India's largest private airline, said its own crew followed all protocol on that flight. "We would like to reiterate that our cabin crew, as well as the captain followed all the requisite protocols, including announcements to restrict photography, follow social distancing and maintain overall safety. IndiGo also followed the requisite protocol of documenting this matter in its post-flight report. We are committed to providing a safe, hassle-free experience to our passengers," she said.
In January, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri had tweeted that "offensive behavior designed to provoke and create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable and endangers safety of air travellers".
He had tweeted on action against stand-up comic Kunal Kamra, who had allegedly heckled a TV anchor on an IndiGo flight.
Mr Kamra was banned by IndiGo from flying with the airline for six months.