Qatar Airways' Flight Attendants Will Wear Full PPE Suits Starting Monday (Video)
Cabin crew aboard Qatar Airways flights will don head-to-toe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, complete with safety goggles while on board.
The suits are in addition to the gloves and masks that cabin crew has worn over the past few weeks, the airline announced in a press release this week. In addition to their new protective equipment, the cabin crew has undergone training on how to minimize their chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19. They have a thermal temperature screening before takeoff and after arrival. If any colleagues or passengers show symptoms or test positive for the virus, cabin crew are also quarantined and tested.
“As an airline, we maintain the highest possible hygiene standards to ensure that we can fly people home safely during this time and provide even greater reassurance that safety is our number one priority,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in a statement. “Seeing as we are still flying the world’s largest international network by operating flights to more than 30 destinations around the world, and aiming to grow our network again in the coming months, these onboard safety measures will assist us in achieving our goals.”
Although full bodysuits for cabin crew are rare, Qatar Airways is not the first to bring them into the cabin. Both AirAsia and Phillipine Airlines introduced full-body custom PPE suits for cabin crew last month, according to One Mile at a Time.
Business class passengers who are traveling in one of the airline’s suites can put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on their door to limit their contact with crew members. Their meals are now served on a tray instead of a table set-up.
Large bottles of hand sanitizer have been placed in the galleys for both cabin crew and passenger use.
Bars on board select aircraft will be closed to adhere to social distancing measures and like other airlines, food and beverage service has been limited or eliminated to reduce contact between passengers and crew.