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THAI takes added precautions as virus concerns deepen

Jan 23. 2020
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By The Nation

Thai Airways International (THAI) is implementing measures to boost passenger confidence amid the spread, mainly in central China, of the disease now being referred to as the “novel coronavirus”.

Flight Lt Pratana Patanasiri, THAI’s vice president for aviation safety, security and standards, said the actions were based on directives issued by the Public Health Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

He said passengers were now being more carefully screened and ground-service measures had been instituted.

Also taking effect are measures covering inflight service, aircraft preparation, interior cleaning and disinfection, employee precautions, cargo and commercial mail transportation and meal preparation.

Pratana said employees on duty must “take heed of personal hygiene, such as wearing protective masks and gloves and pay attention to passenger symptoms while onboard”.

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