Qatar becomes the last airline to equip its staff with full body protection

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Qatar becomes the last airline to equip its staff with full body protection
(CNN) – Uniforms for flight attendants have evolved considerably over the years, with styles that adapt to reflect fashion trends, along with the changing world.

However, it is unlikely that any designer could have foreseen his latest incarnation.

Qatar Airways is one of several airlines to introduce personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

From now on, all flight attendants for the Qatari flag carrier will wear a fireproof suit over their uniforms, along with safety glasses, gloves and a mask during flights.

Extra precautions

The Qatar Airways crew will wear a PPE suit over their uniforms, along with protective goggles, gloves and a mask.

Courtesy of Qatar Airways

In addition, as of May 25, passengers will have to wear coatings or masks for all flights.

The airline recommends travelers to bring their own “for reasons of form and comfort”.

Second to an official statementQatar Airways cabin crew have already worn PPE, as masks and gloves, on flights for several weeks.

However, the added “temporary” measures have been introduced as an additional precaution.

“At Qatar Airways, we have introduced these additional safety measures on board our flights to ensure the continued health and well-being of our passengers and cabin crew and to limit the spread of the coronavirus,” says Akbar Al Baker, CEO of the Qatar Airways group.

“As an airline, we maintain the highest possible hygiene standards to make sure we can get people home safely during this time and provide even greater security that safety is our number one priority.”

In addition, the airline will be equipped with large bottles of hand sanitizers, which can be used by both the cabin crew and passengers.

‘The new normal’

The move comes weeks after China Airlines and AirAsia have launched new uniforms incorporating PPE.

Philippines Airlines offer it is said to have been designed by designer Edwin Tan, who used hospital clothes for inspiration, while the AirAsia uniform was invented by Puey Quinones, who described the protective equipment as “The new normal.”

However, there seems to be some confusion about U.S. airlines regarding customers and masks.

While Southwest Airlines has advised flight crews to refrain from arresting passengers from boarding if they refuse to wear a mask, according to an internal note obtained from CNN, American Airlines’ policy insists that customers “may be denied the boarding “not to wear a mask.

However, JetBlue Airways’ policy states that “Customers who refuse to comply with our policy will be denied boarding.”

At present, the FAA and TSA have not introduced governmental rules that make masks mandatory for passengers.

CNN’s Pete Muntean also contributed to this report.

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