Qatar Airways insists economy passengers wear a face shield AND a mask
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Qatar Airways is flying to more places than any other long-haul airline at the moment. In July, it will be operating:
- London Heathrow: 3 flights per day, all A350 with Qsuite
- Edinburgh: 3 flights per week
- Manchester: 11 flights per week
- Dublin: 1 flight per day, all A350 with Qsuite
That’s 42 flights per week from the UK and Ireland.
The airline has shown a very strong commitment to passenger safety throughout coronavirus. I wasn’t convinced that the PPE required to be worn by cabin crew was necessary:
….. although apparently customer feedback was positive. This was on the basis that anyone travelling long-haul in recent weeks wasn’t travelling for fun, and accepted those measures as necessary. This is now being replaced by a protective gown, however, which looks a bit more approachable:
Long haul leisure travel is opening up, however slowly. This is why I am less convinced by the latest move – COMPULSORY face shields for all economy passengers. This is on top of a face mask.
Here are the shields that Qatar Airways provides, adult and child:
I don’t have a picture of a face shield in action, unfortunately.
For clarity, these are only compulsory in Economy, and must be worn with a face mask as well. Business Class passengers will be given the choice of whether to wear one or not. They will be supplied at check-in or during boarding.
Passengers will be provided with a complimentary protective kit. Inside a ziplock pouch, they will find a single-use surgical face mask, disposable powder-free gloves and hand sanitiser gel.
Perhaps I’m out of touch with the public mood here and people want to wear masks and face shield in Economy for security. Let’s see.