Looking after us in flight

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In advice given by the CAAC – Civil Aviation Administration of China – there is a recommendation that each passenger on a light that lasts over 4 hours should have their temperature checked in-flight. The wording is,

Manchester Airport – a China Eastern destination

“For flights with duration over 4 hours, measurement of body temperature should be taken once during flight operation. In case of ill passenger(s) found with such symptoms as fever (≥37.3°C), fatigue and cough, the event should be dealt with in compliance with the guidance for the handling of in-flight emergency medical events in this Guideline, and the crew should timely communicate with the destination airport, and cooperate in the handover of the passenger(s) after landing.”

Given that a flight from London to Beijing lasts more than eight hours does this mean that temperatures would be taken twice on the journey?

Is there an advantage to this or is it just show?

It might reassure passengers if the captain could announce that all passengers had normal temperatures but what if one passenger had a high temperature. What if more than one person recorded a high temperature? What if maybe a dozen all had temperatures above 37.3?

Would this dismay passengers? Frighten them? Cause them to panic? Comfort them knowing that any signs would be instantly picked up?

It all depends on what happens to any passengers exhibiting signs of a temperature. And here, the CAAC is explicit on what cabin crew should do.

5.1.1 Before coming into contact with passengers with suspicious symptoms or contaminants of a contagious nature (such as vomit, excretions or blood) or contaminated articles or surfaces, crew members should wear personal protective equipment as described in Attachment3.

5.1.2 Passengers with suspicious symptoms should sit in the window seats on the right side of the pre-set emergency quarantine area, so as to discharge, to the greatest extent possible, the exhaled air directly out of the aircraft

.5.1.3 The rear lavatory on the right side should be reserved exclusively for those under quarantine to avoid cross infection.

5.1.4 It is recommended that a flight attendant be designated to provide them with essential in-flight services. Except the need for safety operation, the flight attendant designated should reduce close contact with other crew members.”

No, with such precise, detailed and almost all-encompassing measures it should comfort passengers?

The question is whether all airlines have such detailed plans.

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