Flight attendants advised to wear nappies to avoid contracting Covid-19

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The Chinese aviation authority is advising flight attendants to wear nappies to help reduce coronavirus risk.

The cabin crew have been told not to use the toilet during flights unless they have “special circumstances”.

The CAAC guidelines state: “It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the lavatories barring special circumstances to avoid infection risks.”

Other safety recommendations included wearing “medical masks, double-layer disposable medical gloves, goggles, disposable hats, disposable protective clothing, and disposable shoe covers”.

Airlines are also advised to split the cabin into a “clean area, buffer zone, passenger sitting area and quarantine area” using disposable dividers.

As well as this, some have recommended turning the last three rows into a quarantine zone for emergencies.

The gov.uk website has different guidelines for airlines and their passengers.

It reads: “Your airline will advise you on measures in place for your flight.

“In England, Scotland and Wales passengers must wear a face covering onboard aircraft. In Northern Ireland it is recommended that passengers wear face coverings onboard aircraft.”

You can remove your face covering to:

  • communicate with someone who relies on lip reading
  • avoid harm or injury
  • take medication
  • eat or drink, if reasonably necessary

During the flight, you should:

  • remain seated as much as possible
  • follow instructions and guidance from crew
  • use contactless payment where possible
  • be aware there is likely to be a reduced food and drink service
  • make the cabin crew aware if you become ill

Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. You should:

  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after touching surfaces, for example luggage trolley handles, self-service check-in and security trays
  • use hand sanitiser if hand washing facilities are not available
  • be aware of the surfaces you touch
  • be careful not to touch your face, mouth or eyes
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • consider bringing your own supply of hand sanitiser for the flight, within the hand luggage restrictions for liquids
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