Qatar Airways makes face shields mandatory for economy class

- A Monitor Desk Report 05 Jul, 2020 | 586 Views|-+
Dhaka: Qatar Airways economy passengers now have to wear face shields, in addition to face masks or coverings, onboard their flights.

The protective kits are complimentary for passengers.

The airline is rapidly rebuilding its international network and has also introduced a new protective gown for cabin crew.

The disposable face shield will be available in adult and children's sizes.

Passengers travelling from Hamad International Airport (HIA) will receive their face shields at the check-in counters, whereas at other destinations, the face shields will be distributed at the boarding gates.

Onboard, all passengers will get a ziplock pouch containing a single-use surgical face mask, large disposable powder-free gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel.

Qatar has also introduced disposable protective gowns for cabin crew that are fitted over their uniforms, in addition to safety glasses, gloves and a mask.

Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said the new gear would add to onboard safety and hygiene measures.

''As the largest international airline flying consistently throughout the pandemic, we have become one of the most experienced in safety and hygiene. We will continue to lead the industry in terms of the services offered to our passengers, so they can travel with confidence," he added.

Business class customers are asked to wear their face shield and mask onboard at their own discretion, as they enjoy more space and privacy.

In addition, for aircraft equipped with Qsuite customers are offered even greater privacy with sliding partitions and fully closing doors, and an option to display a 'Do Not Disturb (DND)' indicator if they wanted to limit their interactions with cabin crew.

Parents flying with children should advise them to keep wearing their PPE throughout the journey, although children under two years of age are not advised to wear face shields and face masks or coverings .

During boarding and disembarkation, all passengers will be required to wear their face mask or covering as well as the face shield.

Since mid-February, Qatar Airways has flown almost two million passengers operating a mix of scheduled and charter services plus extra sectors.

The airline resumed flights to 11 destinations on July 1. By mid-July, its network will expand to more than 65 destinations worldwide.

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