Airline staff told wear nappies and avoid toilets to reduce Covid risk

Cabin crew in China have been advised to wear disposable nappies and avoid using the toilet to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Airline bosses have made the recommendation for staff on charter flights to what it considers ‘high-risk destinations’ – where the rate of infection is higher than 500 people per million.

The guidance has been published in a new 49-page document by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), entitled Technical Guidelines for Epidemic Protection and Control for Airlines.

In a section on personal protective equipment, the advice states: ‘It is recommended that the cabin crew wear disposable diapers’, adding staff should ‘avoid the use of the toilet, reducing the risk of infection’.

It is also suggested crew wear PPE including disposable medical masks, gloves, clothing, googles and shoe coverings.

The CAAC also advises dividing the aircraft cabin into sections including a ‘clean area, buffer zone, passenger sitting area and quarantine area’.

The last three rows at the back of the plane to be reserved as an emergency quarantine area.

Concerns over using aeroplane bathrooms during the pandemic has prompted US plane giant Boeing to work on developing self-cleaning toilets which use UV light to clean 99.9% of germs after every use.

Japanese airline ANA revealed it was testing out a prototype for a hands-free toilet door earlier this year.

More than half of Brits now feel uncomfortable using public toilets, new research has revealed.

A study of more than 2,100 people by science development company, Sagentia, found 54% were worried about hygiene levels.

The pandemic has cost the aviation industry thousands of jobs as airlines operate just a fraction of their usual flights.

British Airways confirmed 10,000 jobs would be claimed by the coronavirus crisis.

Meanwhile Ryanair announced earlier this year how it had suffered the ‘most challenging’ quarter in the company’s 35-year history, reporting losses of £168million.

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