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Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Singapore orders airlines to set up isolation areas on planes






Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) now requires airlines to set up an on board emergency isolation area on all planes.


A section of the aircraft must be blocked so it then can be used to separate any unwell passengers or crew.


The toilet nearest the quarantined area must be reserved for any isolating passengers or crew.


All airlines flying to and from Singapore Changi Airport must adhere to the new requirements.


All passengers suspected of Covid-19 or a fever may only be served by crew in full personal protective gear.


"To minimise the risk of exposure to Covid-19 during their journeys, safe travel measures have been put in place for all flights operating into and out of Singapore," said Alan Foo, acting senior director of the CAAS safety regulation group.


This week Singapore received its first leisure travellers since it closed international borders.


Under the Air Travel Pass Scheme, short-term travel including tourism is allowed for pre-approved travellers.


It is only available for countries on an approved safe list, which are New Zealand and Brunei.


If they test negative for Covid-19, they do not have to go into quarantine.


 


Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Pacific editor

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