NIGERIA: Last Cabin Rows To Be Reserved For Passengers’ Isolation

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika  on Monday said the last row of seat in the aircraft will be reserved for isolation of persons suspected  to have Coronavirus infection as domestic Flights resume from Wednesday

.Sirika, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, also said passengers without face masks would be considered unruly and ejected from the flights.He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the banning of aides of ministers, military, National Assembly members, governors, judiciary and others at the airport with exemptions of people with disabilities who would be assisted at the airport by the ground staff of the airline as well as those with diplomatic immunity

He said there would be mandatory temperature and symptoms checks at the airports. “Face masks must be worn at all times inside the airport and airplane. “Frequent cleaning of hands and physical distancing will be maintained at all times,” he said.

The Minister further said, “the cabin air is safer than most other environments, and that the processes of compression, heating, cooling, and filtration that aircraft cabin air is subjected to take out 99.99 percent of all organisms including viruses. “The inside of an airplane cabin is one of the most hygienic environments in the world, because of the high efficiency of the filtration and purification processes and systems for the circulating air.”

“The flight simulation is to achieve some basic things; firstly it is to maintain physical distance with each other, secondly, it is to wear protective materials such as face mask and face shield, thirdly, it is to maintain hygiene; fourthly, it is to clean the area and surfaces and that is a function of the robot itself apart from identifying the passengers. “All of the things that have happened here (flight dry run) are to ensure we don’t spread COVID-19,” he said.

He insisted that Nigeria was not rushing into reopening of its’ Airports as five countries in Africa and over a hundred countries across the world have resumed domestic air travel.

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