Thursday, May 07, 2020

PPE-wearing crew to buckle up NRKs coming home from Gulf

Kozhikode: The return journey of stranded NRKs from the Gulf in evacuation flights starting from Thursday will be a totally different flying experience.

The passengers will be served by cabin crew wearing hazmat suits and other personal protective equipment (PPE), including N-95 masks, shoe covers and gloves. Apart from cabin crew, pilots too will be wearing PPE.

Besides, the cabin crew will not be directly serving food or drinks to the passengers; they will place a bottle of water and a snack box on the seats so that there will be minimum interaction of crew with passengers.

“All the four cabin crew in a flight will be wearing PPE suits. They will not be directly serving food and refreshments to the passengers but a 500 ml bottle of water and a snack box will be placed on seats,” said Aby George, chief of airport services, Air India Express, adding that passengers have to wear masks during check in.

An Air India official said that as of now there is no plan to keep the middle seats vacant to maintain social distancing. “As of now the capacity of the flight is 189 and we think that all the seats will be occupied,” the official said.

According to Air India officials, the passenger safety kit, duly packed with meal bags, will be placed by the agency concerned. Also milk for infants, and biscuits will be provided upon special request from the passengers.
07/05/20 K K Rajeev/Times of India
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