Qatar Airways crew to wear protective suits; face masks mandatory for passengers

Qatar Airways crew to wear protective suits; face masks mandatory for passengers

Qatar Airways cabin crew will begin wearing protective suits and passengers will have to wear face masks on board, the Middle East airline's Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said.said.

"We have introduced these additional safety measures onboard our flights to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of our passengers and cabin crew, and to limit the spread of coronavirus," al-Baker said.

Cabin crew have already been wearing face masks and gloves while on board but will now also wear suits over their uniforms, while face masks would be mandatory for passengers from May 25, the airline said in a statement. Cabin crew and passenger interactions will be reduced, it added.

Those not wearing a face mask inside Qatar risk a fine of 200,000 riyals ($55,000) and a maximum prison sentence of three years, Reuters reported.

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