Sunday, October 18, 2020

Air travellers call for stringent enforcement of Covid safety norms during festive season

Madurai: Air travel is not the safest mode of transport now as passengers flout rules of Covid-19 prevention, especially social distancing, and airline staff also do not give much importance to it, say frequent travellers. 
They point out that this should be given extra care in the festive season. Professor Dr V Nagarajaan of Madurai, who is chairman and head, Neurosciences Research and Translational task force, ICMR, New Delhi, said that as a medical professional, it required him to travel to different destinations in the country, after domestic travel was allowed. 
``Initially, booking counters followed the no-touch rule, but no one followed it now. When passengers are taken to the plane in buses, more than 40 of them are crowded in them. With no physical distancing, they were kept in the bus for a good 17 minutes, which is sufficient for Covid-19 to spread from an infected person to non-infected person due to the proximity,’’ he said. 
 He said the PPE provided to the passenger sitting in the centre seat does not provide proper protection as it does not have a proper cover and the aircraft employees do not ensure if he or she is wearing it properly. Though masks and shields are provided to passengers, most of them do not wear it properly, he said.
18/10/20 Times of India
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