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Qatar Airways Gets Personal Protective Equipment

Qatar Airways Gets Personal Protective Equipment
Taylor Rains

COVID-19 has forced airlines to take extra health and safety precautions for their flights, such as pre-flight temperature checks and suspending the inflight food and beverage service. Now, some carriers are taking it to the next level by requiring cabin crew members to wear full hazmat suits over their uniforms.

Qatar Airways Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In addition to requiring all passengers to wear face masks on its aircraft, Qatar Airways has ordered its cabin crew members to wear a full hazmat suit over their uniforms, complete with gloves, goggles, and a mask. According to the airline’s official statement, crew members have been wearing masks and gloves for weeks, but the PPE suits are new and are a “temporary additional safety measure.”

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement, “At Qatar Airways, we have introduced these additional safety measures onboard our flights to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of our passengers and cabin crew, and to limit the spread of coronavirus. As an airline, we maintain the highest possible hygiene standards to ensure that we can fly people home safely during this time and provide even greater reassurance that safety is our number one priority.”

“The New Normal”

Qatar Airways is not the first airline to implement this added precaution. Philippines Airlines has released its “couture” PPE uniform designed by Edwin Tan, and AirAsia has released its “red-hot suit” designed by Puey Quiñones. Both carriers have said these head-to-toe protective uniforms are “the new normal” for cabin crew members.

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  1. arcticflier

    May 21, 2020 at 5:54 am

    Thats about as un-sexy as it can get.

  2. steviebaby

    May 21, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Why would anyone now wish to travel with the true 5* airline anymore?
    The smiles of the crew, their friendliness, the service, the personal individual treatment, in fact everything I absolutely loved about flying with Qatar Airways has just flown out the window,
    So now if they are all the same, and I cannot even see the cabin crew’s face, its FlyDubai next time – mask on, headphones on, close one’s eyes and wake up 6 hrs later in Europe.
    And talking about Europe, it will also mean contemplating Ryanair again. Something which I thought and vowed to myself that I had long since left behind, never to travel ever again

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