There was some interesting news from Taiwan this weekend how the country is trying to protect flight crews on international flights.
Taiwan will require all flight crews to wear protective gear on flights starting on April 1, 2020.
Here’s an excerpt from the Focus Taiwan (access their piece here):
Taipei, March 28 (CNA) All flight crews will be provided with protective gear from April 1 to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
The crews will have to wear surgical masks, goggles, protective clothing and gloves — the same equipment given to medical personnel — according to Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC.
Chen said the CECC will also come up with guidelines for passengers, who will be punished if they break the rules.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced the previous day that flight crews working on long-haul passenger flights that require them to enter a foreign country to rest will be subject to five days of home quarantine after returning to Taiwan, while the home quarantine period for cargo flights will be three days.
We are certainly living in interesting times when flight attendants are dressed up as emergency room employees.
The flight activity to/from/via Taipei must be quite minimal at the moment, considering that no transit passengers are allowed and strict entry controls in place.