By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Flight attendants of Taiwan-based airlines will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment or full protective gear for the duration of the CoviD-19 crisis now affecting the aviation industry. The Central Epidemic Command Center of Taiwan (CECC) will be issuing these protective gear to the airline frontliners beginning April 1.
The gear is similar to what the medical frontliners use which basically include protective clothing, eye goggles, and surgical face masks. Flight attendants of Taiwanese carriers Eva Air, China Airlines, and other Taiwanese carriers will be equipped with the protective gear.
Based on a study by the New York Times, flight attendants have a higher exposure to CoviD-19, with a rating almost similar to that of nurses.
In a report by Simple Flying, the CECC is also considering mandating new passenger laws and regulations to ensure that passengers don’t put crews at risk, on top of the issuance of PPEs. This may include letting staff know if they have any fever conditions, sitting them separately or preventing them from coughing on others.
Taiwanese carriers have already reported that some of their flight attendants and pilots have contracted the virus from overseas. Aside from the 5-day self-quarantine procedures which long haul flight crew members are mandated to go through, wearing PPEs will further be able to protect passengers, the crew, and local citizens from being infected.