Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Air India briefs employees on new guidelines as DGCA rules 'Risk Assessment' to determine quarantine for crew

New Delhi: In the latest development, Air India has informed its employees that its earlier guidelines about quarantining the entire crew if there's a positive passenger on board the aircraft, stands annulled.

The airline management told its staff that because the crew is wearing proper PPE [hazmat suit] while operating a flight, "the risk of contracting Covid-19 infection from a positive passenger is negligible. Moreover, there are no in-flight catering services".

The airline has, however, clarified on the following:

1. If there's a breach of PPE of a crew while undertaking an activity in close contact to a Covid positive passenger on board, then the crew shall go into preventive home quarantine for 14 days. There is no need for the rest of the crew to be quarantined.

2. If a cabin crew tests positive immediately after a flight, then the other crew of flight having exposure due to close contact with that crew, with breach of PPE, as decided by CCIC shall go into preventive 14 days home quarantine. There is no need for the rest of the crew to be quarantined.

In both the above cases, as cockpit crew is not at risk of exposure they will not be advised any quarantine.

3. If one of the cockpit crew tests positive for the coronavirus immediately after operating the flight, then the other cockpit crew shall go into preventive 14 days home quarantine. The cabin crew in this situation shall not be observing quarantine.

4. Any staff travelling on duty as a passenger in any of the above situations need not observe quarantine as he will be wearing PPE and maintaining physical distancing.
This development comes after the new amended Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circular on airline crew management owing to the Covid-19 crisis.
23/06/20 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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