Hong Kong has rigorous measurements in place to fight the spread of Covid-19 infections that have affected airlines flying there.
One of the thirteen cabin crew members on BA31 London Heathrow – Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19, and the entire crew was then dragged out from the Marriott and were put into a rather sparse looking quarantine accommodation. The cockpit crew was able to leave Hong Kong.
Here’s an excerpt from the Sun:
A memo received by pilots’ union Balpa said the “vile” compound the crew are in has “dangerous electrical wiring and blocked fire escapes”.
The report, seen by The Sun, also warned of China flights: “Crew members face a mandatory Covid test on arrival.
“If positive, you will be confined to your hotel room for a further 14 days, with no exercise or fresh air, limited catering and WiFi that doesn’t work.”
Footage shared to social media by Ellie Freeman, a stewardess currently confined to the “prison-like” isolation centre, shows the basic bedrooms allocated to staff equipped with a tiny bathroom housing a shower head and a plastic tub for bathing.
BA spokesperson had told DailyMail:
A spokeswoman for British Airways told MailOnline: ‘Our teams in Hong Kong and London are helping to care for our cabin crew members, providing them with support and additional supplies to make sure their stay is as comfortable as possible, after the authorities requested they quarantine in accordance with local Covid-19 regulations.
‘We work closely with governments in every country we fly to, and always put the safety and wellbeing of our teams and customers at the heart of everything we do.’
These UK papers have photos that the crew members have shared on social media from their Hong Kong quarantine camp that certainly looks rather basic.
Some airlines don’t fly to destinations if there is a chance that the crew might be stuck or only serves them via an intermediate stop with a crew change (crew doesn’t stay at the destination).
I find it very difficult to believe that none from the cockpit had any interaction with the cabin crew, allowing them to escape the quarantine and fly back to London.