Monday, April 27, 2020

Onboard with PPE? No, it’s not a flight of fancy

New Delhi | Mumbai: An appointment with the doctor may soon become mandatory for you or your family members to board a flight after the lifting of the lockdown and resumption of normal life, which is expected sometime in June.
You may also have to buy gloves, face masks and disposable caps for your next flight. Sounds surreal? Not really! A technical committee comprising doctors, bureaucrats and airport and airline officials will soon discuss these and other measures to ensure passenger safety midair after normal life resumes. It is formulating standard operating procedures (SOP) for passengers and flight staff and will soon come out with its recommendations.
 Airlines in India and abroad are reassessing pricing and passenger safety issues as they try to recover from the worst slump in aviation history.
The ongoing lockdown is unlikely to be fully lifted across the country before June, but airlines have started evaluating measures that they may have to take once normal flight operations resume. Some global airlines like budget carrier EasyJet are planning to keep the middle seats empty, at least initially, to reassure passengers, while flight crew at Korean Air Lines are wearing full protective gear including goggles, face masks and gowns etc.
 27/04/20 Mihir Mishra/Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times
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