Chinese flight attendants told to wear diapers to combat Covid
China tells cabin crew to wear diapers.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has published a 38-page list of guidelines airlines to help airlines stop the spread of the coronavirus.
In the document, titled Technical Guidelines for Epidemic Prevention and Control for Airlines, Sixth Edition, the CAAC advises cabin crew on flights to high-risk countries to wear disposable diapers when working to avoid using the toilets.
“It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the lavatories barring special circumstances to avoid infection risks,” the guideline reads.
“High-risk countries” are defined by the CAAC as those where the infection rate is higher than 500 people per million.
The CAAC does not go into detail in advising where crew members should go about their business, although it is expected it would be done while squatting in the galley.
The document says flight attendants should also wear a face mask, a double layer of medical-grade disposable gloves, goggles, disposable hair covers, a disposable full-body hazmat suit and shoe covers.
China’s aviation industry was hit hard at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, however, the domestic market has since recovered close to pre-pandemic levels, while other regions such as Europe and the US struggle to bring Covid-19 under control.