China advises flight attendants to wear diapers to reduce virus risk

Flight attendant makes the last preparations on a flight in China. © Hector RETAMAL/AFP

Flight attendants in China are being advised to wear diapers on flights from high-risk covid-19 destinations, in order to avoid using bathrooms and thus reduce the risk of contagion.

The use of diapers is part of the guidelines of the sector regulator in China, approved at the end of last month, which furthermore advocate the use of masks, gloves, goggles and appropriate clothes, as well as protectors for shoes.

“It is recommended that the cabin crew wear disposable diapers and avoid using the bathrooms except in special circumstances to avoid the risk of infection,” the document reads, according to CNN.

In relation to pilots, they must also use all protection, but not diapers.

At stake are flights to China departing from countries where the infection rate is over 500 per hundred thousand inhabitants.

According to CNN, the bathroom of an airplane was the possible place of contagion in the case of a woman who traveled in August from Italy to South Korea. The bathroom was the only place where she did not use the N95 protective mask. .

Boeing has already filed a patent for a bathroom that cleans itself, using ultraviolet lights to clean 99.9% of germs after each use.

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