Coronavirus: FG gives fresh updates on flight resumption, says last aircraft cabin row will serve as isolation space

Coronavirus: FG gives fresh updates on flight resumption, says last aircraft cabin row will serve as isolation space

- FG has announced that there would be an isolation space in the aircraft over COVID-19

- The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known on Monday, July 6, in Abuja

- Sirika said that last aircraft cabin row would now serve as isolation space for any passenger who shows symptoms of COVID-19

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The federal government has declared that the last cabin row of aircraft would be designated as an isolation centre for air travellers that exhibit symptoms of coronavirus.

The Nation reports that the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Monday, July 6, during the Presidential Task Force (PFT) briefing on COVID-19. gathered that Siriki said this was part of the safety measures taken against coronavirus as the nation prepares for resumption of domestic flights.

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He explained that cabin staffers have been trained to carry out necessary precautions and protocols in case of any emergency, adding that passengers would no longer be served refreshments to reduce the level of contact with cabin staff.

The minister also said governors, ministers, National Assembly members, military men and judiciary men will not be allowed into the terminal building with their aides who are not traveling.

On how the sector would comply with COVID-19 protocols, he said: “We are complying with international standards and many countries have resumed. In Africa, more than five countries have resumed domestic flight and around the world, about 100 countries have commenced domestic operations.

“We delayed in commencing in Nigeria because we wanted to get it right and we didn’t want to risk anybody’s life. We will allow the last row in the cabin of the aircraft free so that we can isolate just in case we see something that looks like symptoms within the cabin so that we don’t create panic.

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“We will carry you behind and isolate you there. Our cabin staff are well trained to look out for this. I told you that cabin crew are not just trained to serve teas.”

On the sitting arrangement, he said: “To maintain safe flight, civil aviation has ensured that the air within the cabin is filtered and circulated.

“Once you are in the aircraft, if there is space, we will space it and if there is no space, we will sit normally. Because the wearing of masks and other protocols are all backed by science to ensure that we are safe, so also, our decision is backed by science and findings.

“Risk of contamination is highly reduced when you are in the cabin. As the cabin air is coming down into the cabin, it washes from up, down to the bottom and we are mostly facing front while sitting.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the federal government gave out safety protocols passengers are expected to observe at the airports.

It was reported that the federal government, as part of the extension to the phase II relaxation of lockdown, lifted the ban on interstate movement, schools for graduating classes and flight movement.

The flights are scheduled to resume back on Tuesday, July 8, but FAAN said passengers who wish to travel by air must follow some guidelines.

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