The new ones China Civil Aviation Administration Technical Guidelines for Epidemic Prevention and Control for Airlines (CAAC) make several suggestions for aircrew and flight attendants to stay safe from COVID-19 while performing their jobs.
In addition to using the appropriate protective equipment, flight attendants should wear diapers to avoid the spread of coronavirus during flights, advise aviation authorities from that country.
The document, published on November 25 in its sixth edition, suggests various hygiene practices for air personnel during their stay on aircraft and airports. Among other measures, it recommends that cabin crew and flight attendants wear medical masks, goggles, disposable double-layer medical gloves, disposable protective clothing, and disposable hats and shoe covers when working on flights taking off or landing in high-risk countries.
And then he says: “It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the bathrooms except in special circumstances to avoid risk of infection“.
Research has shown that COVID-19 can be transmitted through feces and that activating the toilet lever can produce contaminated aerosols that could infect anyone who breathes them. Last august, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC) analyzed the case of a woman who contracted coronavirus in an airplane bathroom.
The 28-year-old girl wore an N95 mask during the 11-hour flight from Italy to South Korea, except when she used the aircraft bathroom. Consequently, the world’s airlines have looked for alternatives to improve the safety conditions of passengers and their crews, such as conducting rapid tests before boarding and exploring technologies such as ultraviolet light to keep airplanes germ-free as much as possible.