Qatar Airways Asks Passengers To Wear A Face Shield & Mask

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Qatar Airways Asks Passengers To Wear A Face Shield & Mask

Qatar Airways has now rolled out a new rule, asking passengers to wear face shield and masks while aboard. The new rule comes as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the virus. All passengers will be provided disposable face shields before they board. In addition, all travellers will also get a complimentary protective kit consisting of a single-use surgical face mask, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer. Meanwhile, Emirates’s A380- The World’s Largest Passenger Plane Is Returning To The Skies. 

Qatar Airways Announces New Safety Rules For Passengers

Children under two years are not required to wear face shields. Kids over 2 years will be given a kid-size face shield before boarding. Customers seated in economy class must wear the masks and shields at all times, except when eating or drinking. In addition, Qatar airways’ cabin crew will don head-to-toe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, complete with safety goggles. This is, in addition to the gloves and masks that cabin crew have already been wearing. In addition, the cabin crew has also undergone exclusive training to minimize their chances of contracting or spreading infection.

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All employees are screened for temperature before take off and after arrival. In case a passenger or an employee exhibits Covid symptoms, they are immediately quarantined and given medical attention. Additionally, business class passengers traveling in suites can put the ‘do not disturb’ board outside their door to limit contact. Besides, meals are served on a tray instead of a table set-up.

Sanitizers are placed all through the airline for passengers’ and cabin crew to use. Bars onboard certain aircrafts will remain closed to curb spread of the virus.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: ” As an airline, we maintain the highest possible hygiene standards to ensure that we can fly people home safely during this time and provide even greater reassurance that safety is our number one priority.”

However, Qatar is not the only airline to use full bodysuits. AirAsia and Phillipine Airlines introduced full-body custom PPE suits for cabin crew last month. Meanwhile, Etihad Is Set To Resume Flights To 15 Destinations From Mid-July. 

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1. Inside The Airport

When passengers arrive at the airport, they’ll be handed complimentary hygiene kits that include masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer. They will then undergo thermal temperature screening. Both gloves and masks are necessary for passengers and employees at all times.

Boarding will begin from the backside of the aircraft and will proceed by small numbers of people, to ensure social distancing and reduce interaction. That said, could The Future Of Airplanes Be Double-Decker Seats? Read on to find out.

2. On Board

Onboard the aircraft, magazines, and other print reading materials are no longer available. In premium classes, comfort items like mattress, pillows, blankets, headphones, and toys are hygienically sealed. The cutlery used during meal service is sterilized before each use. On the other hand, Etihad Has Introduced Wellness Ambassadors On Board. 

Passengers must check their cabin baggage and are only allowed to bring essential items like laptops, handbags, briefcases, and baby items on board. In addition, flights longer than one and a half hours will have a cabin service assistant who will clean and disinfect the airplane bathrooms every 45 minutes.

Cabin crew will also be fully outfitted in head-to-toe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks, face shields, and gloves. Furthermore, cabin crew are also dropped and picked from their homes before and after every shift. Staff are put up in individual hotel rooms and layover have also been reduced. After every flight, crew members must be on a mandatory quarantine in their homes for 14 days.