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Strict measures imposed on airlines flying in from high-risk places

By THE NATION

 

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has made it mandatory for air operators from countries and territories announced as high risk for Covid-19 infection to take strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus, according to an announcement on Sunday (March 8).

 

A Ministry of Public Health announcement in the Royal Gazette earlier this month had named South Korea, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Italy and Iran as high-risk countries.

 

The CAAT announcement signed by director-general Chula Sukmanop states that incoming passengers from the said countries must remain in quarantine and follow other communicable disease prevention measures as specified by Ministry of Public Health. Furthermore, the air operators that provide flights originating from the countries at high risk of Covid-19 infection must screen check-in passengers by checking their health certificate to verify that they are free of Covid-19 and are not at risk of infection. If any passenger is unable to provide a valid health certificate, the air operators must not issue a boarding pass to them.

 

Air operators are also required to input information of passengers on a Tor 8 form as required by Communication Disease Act BE2558 and submit it to communicable disease control officials at the destination airport.

 

When the aircraft reaches the destination airport, it must remain in the designated bay until communicable disease control officials allow it to leave.

 

Meanwhile, passengers in the aircraft must undergo medical examination and be in quarantine at specified facilities for a specific time. The expense for passenger transport to quarantine facilities will be the air operator’s responsibility.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30383655

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-03-09
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The problem I foresee is where there are connecting flights... eg. ME airlines, where the passengers could have come from many European countries, some high risk, others less so.  But an infected passenger from one of the high risk countries could easily pass it on to others from a low risk origin.

 

So will everyone need to be quarantined if there are passengers from any high-risk country even if the final leg is from a low risk origin...?  

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6 minutes ago, spiekerjozef said:

Let them land on an aircraft carrier first for testing.

Errrr.....yeerrrrsssss. Top idea......

 

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31 minutes ago, webfact said:

to take strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus,

my idea of strict measures would be real N95 masks for cabin crew, face shields to protect their eyes and gloves. proper training for wearing masks and gloves. 

no beverage service on short flights. nothing handed back and forth. 

passengers entering the aircraft must wear masks and wash their hands at the door with hand sanitizer.

no magazines, papers. 

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, madmitch said:

We'll probably hear something totally different later today.

 

I knew it was just about time for the latest installment of my favorite comedy... Thai COVID Regulation of the Day!!!   :cheesy:

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22 minutes ago, madmitch said:

We'll probably hear something totally different later today.

You are correct.  

 

Absolute confusion.

 

Expect further news today.

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TH's list of at-risk countries is a bit hard to follow...  No France or Germany or Spain....  But Hong Kong is listed with only 114 confirmed cases, and Macau with only 10, according to Johns Hopkins' tracking.

 

Wonder how long before the U.S. makes it onto their list???

 

 

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