In a 38-page list of guidelines, China’s aviation regulator has recommended its cabin crew on charter flights to high-risk Covid-19 destinations to wear disposable diapers and avoid using the bathroom to reduce the risk of infection.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the recommendation applies for charter flights to and from countries and regions where infections exceed 500 in every one million people.
The diaper advice is in a section on personal protective equipment, which also recommends the cabin crew to wear medical protective masks, double-layer disposable medical rubber gloves, goggles, disposable caps, disposable protective clothing, and disposable shoe covers.
Other advice for the flights includes dividing the cabin into “clean area, buffer zone, passenger sitting area and quarantine area,” separated by disposable curtains.
“The last three rows should be designated as an emergency quarantine area,” said CAAC. CAAC declined to disclose any more details on the guidelines.
At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China’s aviation market was hit hard. But it has recovered — on the domestic front at least — to close to pre-pandemic levels, while other regions such as Europe and the U.S. struggle to bring Covid-19 under control.
Airlines have insisted that it is safe to fly during the pandemic, partly thanks to the hospital-grade air filters on planes, but some researchers say it isn’t yet clear to conclude there’s minimal risk. Some cases have documented transmission on flights when passengers wore masks and sat far apart.