Qatar Airways Mandates Face Shields and Masks for Most Passengers
Most airlines now require that passengers wear a face masks during flights and even while checking in at airports. That is a requirement that also many other businesses around the country and the world have, during the coronavirus pandemic.
But Qatar Airways is going one step further with its safety procedures. The airline is now requiring passengers to wear face shields on flights as well. The airline will provide disposable face shields to customers before they board the plane. It is offered along with a complimentary protective kit, which includes a single-use surgical face mask that should also be worn, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer, Travel & Lesuire reports.
Children will receive a kid-size face shield with Qatar’s Oryx Kids Club mascots.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “As the largest international airline flying consistently throughout the pandemic, we have become one of the most experienced in safety and hygiene. We will continue to lead the industry in terms of the services offered to our passengers so that they can travel with confidence.”
However there is a way to avoid wearing a face shield. You need to buy a Business or First Class ticket. The face shield rule applies to economy class passengers only. Business and First Class passengers who will simply be asked if they would like to wear a face shield.
Qatar Airways explains that Business class passengers “are asked to wear their face shield and mask on board at their own discretion, as they enjoy more space and privacy.”
Kids under two will not be required to wear a face shield or a mask.