The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has shared new COVID-19 pandemic public health protocols for Nigerian airlines operating international flights.
The measures are meant to contain the spread of the virus as Federal Government prepares for direct resumption of flight operations.
According to NCAA Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, flight crew members must now wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of the flight.
He added they must ensure safe removal of gloves after performing specific tasks while also avoiding anything that will make them touch their face and eyes with unclean hands.
His words, “The new protocol will ensure orientation and sensitisation of crew on Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures as per training and guidance from public health authorities.
“Ensure they have adequate stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), minimum of 70 per cent alcohol-based hand sanitiser and Universal Precaution Kits (UPK) on board aircraft before the flight.
“Ensure flight crew wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe IPC measures for the duration of the flight as follows:
“Regarding the Flight deck Crew: Non-medical face masks and gloves. Face masks can be removed when the cockpit door is closed for safety reasons.
“Cabin crew – Non-medical face masks, gloves, disposable surgical gowns and safety visors/goggles must be used during flight operation.
“They must ensure safe removal of gloves after performing specific tasks and they should avoid touching their face and eyes with unclean hands.
“Flight crew are to ensure that all passengers wear a non-medical face mask for the duration of the flight except when eating or using emergency oxygen.
“Flight crew are to ensure that passengers rub their hands with alcohol-based sanitisers as they embark the aircraft.”