Peanuts, pretzels — and PPE.
Flight attendants with Qatar Airways will wear disposable hazmat suits, security googles, gloves and masks over their uniforms to assist forestall the unfold of coronavirus, the airline introduced this week.
The protection measures coincide with efforts to restrict crew members’ interactions with passengers, who shall be required to wear masks on board beginning Might 25.
Passengers in enterprise class can have the choice of hitting the “Don’t disturb” signal if they need to restrict contact. And meals in enterprise class shall be served on a tray, as an alternative of the standard desk setup, and cutlery will come wrapped.
Bottles of hand sanitizer will even be made obtainable in galleys for crew members and passengers.
Cabin crew have been carrying the private protecting tools for weeks now, the airline mentioned. Crew members have obtained coaching on stopping the unfold of COVID-19 and are thermally screened earlier than and after flights.
“As an airline, we keep the very best doable hygiene requirements to make sure that we are able to fly individuals house safely throughout this time and supply even larger reassurance that security is our primary precedence,” mentioned Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Different airways together with Philippines Airways and AirAsia are additionally requiring their crew to wear PPE.