Thai Airways fumigating its planes

Thai Airways fumigating its planes

An employee of Thai Airways International sprays disinfectant aboard a plane, during a  demonstration of the airline's sanitary measures to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)
An employee of Thai Airways International sprays disinfectant aboard a plane, during a demonstration of the airline's sanitary measures to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Thai Airways International has intensified hygiene measures aboard its aircraft to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, including the fumigation of planes arriving from China and other risk areas.

THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham arranged a demonstration of the sanitary measures for reporters at the national airline's hangar at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province on Tuesday.

He elaborated on steps taken to ensure the cleanliness of the airline's aircraft and service, to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus.

All planes arriving from China and other risk area were sprayed with disinfectant for 15 minutes after the last crew member leaves. Then the planes were fumigated for 30 minutes.

The planes were fitted with high-efficiency particulate air filters. Flight attendants wear face masks and gloves on duty and passengers were not allowed to touch attendants' food-serving utensils, Mr Sumeth said.

Airplane toilets were cleaned frequently during flights and face masks distributed to any passengers with suspicious symptoms, who would then be isolated.

Staff also clean places that passengers regularly touch, including seats and seat pockets and the insides of cabinets. They then seal all garbage bags and clean their hands after completing the cabin clean-up. 


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