Emirates is known as one of the world's best airlines for a reason. The Dubai-based carrier has recently announced a series of initiatives to keep its staff and passengers safe on flights.
Worried about your next flight from the UAE home or back to the Middle East? Well, Emirates has thought of everything to allay fears.
While the world is still trying to figure out exactly how travel will continue during the pandemic, Emirates has put in a place a plan to keep everyone safe.
At the airport
According to the airline, at Dubai International airport, gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees. Thermal scanners will monitor the temperatures of all passengers and employees stepping into the airport. Physical distancing indicators have been placed on the ground and in waiting areas to help travelers maintain the necessary distance during check-in and boarding.
The airport team has also installed protective barriers at each check-in desk to provide additional safety reassurance to passengers and employees during an interaction over the counter.
Onboard the flight
Onboard Emirates’ flights, seats are pre-allocated with vacant seats placed between individual passengers or family groups in observance of physical distancing protocols.
Emirates has also modified its inflight services for health and safety reasons. Food and beverages continue to be offered in the form of bento-styled boxes to reduce contact between the crew and customers during meal service and minimize the risk of interaction. The personal boxes provide customers with sandwiches, beverages, snacks, and desserts.
Magazines and other print reading material are temporarily unavailable. Cabin baggage is currently not accepted on flights.
Carry-on items allowed in the cabin are limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase, or baby items. All other items have to be checked in, and Emirates will add the cabin baggage allowance to customers’ check-in baggage allowance. Customers have to wear masks and gloves throughout their journey from check-in until they disembark.
The airline will make sure that every aircraft will undergo a thorough disinfection process in Dubai, after each journey.
But that's not all. Cabin crew, boarding agents, and ground staff in direct contact with passengers will now wear personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes a protective disposable gown over their uniforms, and a safety visor, in addition to masks and gloves.