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Couple wed mid-air to get around Covid-19 restrictions, invite 160 guests

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has brought a number of restrictions with it, affecting one and all. People are finding a way around the curfew rules and restrictions.

In one such viral instance a couple from India’s Madurai city in Tamil Nadu state, got married mid-air to get around the 50 person cap on wedding gatherings.

The couple, Rakesh and Dakshina, decided to rent an entire chartered flight for two hours and invited 161 guests so that they could get married in full attendance of all their friends and family.




A SpiceJet Boeing 737 was chartered by a travel agent in Madurai on May 23, 2021 for a group of passengers.

The wedding party was clearly briefed on Covid guidelines to be followed and denied permission for any activity to be performed on board. The approval for this flight was taken as a joy ride.

The agent and the guest passengers were briefed in detail, both in writing as well as verbally, on social distancing and safety norms to be followed as per Covid guidelines both at the airport and on board the aircraft throughout the journey.



The group was repeatedly briefed on the safety norms to be followed by the operating cabin crew and advised to follow the protocols laid down by aviation authority DGCA, including restrictions on photography and videography.

In the presence of the guests mid-air, the couple tied the knot exactly when the plane was flying over the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai.

The wedding party flew from Madurai to Bengaluru and returned to Madurai after the nuptials were concluded on the first trip.

Videos and pictures of the wedding Have gone viral and they clearly show violation of Covid-19 protocols.