In Pics: Returning on the repatriation flight from Newark to New Delhi

After a three-week trip turned into a 65-day sojourn in the United States for my family due to the COVID-19 travel ban, we finally managed to head back to India on the special repatriation flight as part of the Indian government's Vande Bharat Mission. Here's a look at some scenes from our journey from Newark Airport, New Jersey to New Delhi.

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Lining up to board the repatriation flight at Newark Airport with New York Consulate staff checking our passports and tickets. Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India
Thermal screening at Newark Airport. Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India
Walking through a deserted and shutdown concourse at Newark before boarding our flight home. Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India
Passengers settling down for a 14-hour plane ride home. Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India
Seated in groups of 20 according to social distancing protocols before immigration check. Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India
Social distancing at the deserted immigration counter. Photo: Connected to India
The usually lively Duty Free section closed down due to the lockdown. Photo: Connected to India
The usually lively Duty Free section was closed down due to the lockdown. Photo: Connected to India
New building that travellers don't normally enter. Photo: Connected to India
New building that travellers don't normally enter. Photo: Connected to India
Taking the final step of choosing the quarantine hotel. Photo: Connected to India
Taking the final step of choosing the quarantine hotel. Photo: Connected to India

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Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 

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