Travelers Protection Guide

Travelers Protection Guide


Introduction: Passengers must adhere to the following precautions to protect them from infection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

▪ Travelers with health problems, especially the elderly, should avoid situations that put them at risk of being infected, including avoiding crowded places and avoid unnecessary travel such as: long flights and avoid cruises.

▪ Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth without washing hands.

▪ Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after exhaling heavily from the nose, coughing, or sneezing. In the event that soap and water are not available, an alcohol sterilizer can be used for the hands.

▪ Seek medical advice if respiratory symptoms appear.

▪ Avoid contact with people with respiratory symptoms.

▪ Avoid using public transportation.

▪ Cover the mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

▪ Avoid traveling if you are sick.

▪ In sea travelling, it is advised to stay in the cabin if the individual is sick, informing the medical staff on board the ship in case the temperature rises above 38 Celsius degrees, or in the event that the individual begins feeling symptoms of fever, or when any other symptoms appear, such as: coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, or sore throat.

Flight crew:

Introduction: Flight crews should adhere to the following precautions to protect them from infection with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

▪ Routine hand washing.

▪ Paying attention to the health conditions of travelers, identifying passengers with respiratory diseases, limiting the communication between passengers and cabin crew with the sick person, isolating the sick person from others if possible, assigning a crew member to serve the sick person, 1 meter is the perfect distance.

▪ Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces in accordance with the airline's protocol.

▪ Provide the patient with a face mask if available, but in the event that it is not available, the patient must cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

▪ Report on travelers with specific symptoms, such as fever for more than 48 hours, or if the individual temperature is 38 Celsius degrees or above. In addition to a persistent cough and difficulty breathing, with the necessity to report these cases as soon as it becomes known and before the plane lands, through the means described in the Handbook for Reporting Injury and Deaths on the plane during flights.

▪ Review and update personal protection policies, in addition to communicating with employees and training them on the proper basis for dealing with sick travelers.

▪ Consider all body fluids contagious, and deal with them accordingly.

▪ After the plane reaches its destination, the CDC station staff conducts a health evaluation of the traveler's pathological symptoms, possible developments and if necessary coordinating to transfer the traveler to a healthcare center and conduct medical evaluation.

Aircraft cleaning crews:

▪ Clean and sterilize aircraft after flying by cleaning surfaces with smooth pores and cleaning hard non-porous surfaces, including door handle, locking device, water tapes, wash basin, cleaning toilet and adjacent walls

▪ Properly dispose any furniture or items that cannot be cleaned, such as pillows, passenger safety signs, etc.

▪ Ensure personal protective equipment is recommended during enhanced cleaning of aircraft, including gloves and clothing that can be disposed.

▪ Use eye protection equipment if spray splashes are possible, such as a face shield or goggles and a facemask.

▪ The cleaning crew must only board the aircraft after all passengers have landed.

▪ Maintain the operation of the aircraft ventilation systems during the work of the cleaning crew.

▪ Follow routine cleaning procedures in the event of visible pollution, such as blood or body fluids.

▪ Airlines must ensure that a plan is available to train workers on the risks of chemical cleaning materials that are being used.

▪ Train the cleaning crews, making sure to familiarize the flight crew and inform them of the cases in which personal protective equipment must be used, how to put it on, and how to toss it properly.

▪ Cleaning hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, after taking off personal protective equipment. In the event that water and soap are not available and hands are not so dirty, it is recommended to use hand sanitizer and provide a hand cleaner that contains alcohol for personal use of the staff.

▪ Immediately report the occurrence of any rupture in personal protective equipment, or in the event of possible contact with body fluids without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

▪ Safe disposal of personal protective equipment and other single-use cleaning materials following the airline's routine procedures.

▪ Follow the routine procedures for wastewater management.

▪ Educate workers on identifying symptoms of (COVID-19), and provide guidance on what to do if symptoms appear and inform them of the reporting mechanism in the event of possible infection.

▪ Cleaning staff should inform the supervisor immediately if they show symptoms of (COVID-19).