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Emirates tests passengers for Covid-19 before boarding

By VIANCA GAMBOA

It may take months, years before we can travel again since a lot of restrictions have been imposed under city lockdowns, and some people grow reluctant to fly for health and safety reasons, but Emirates is paving the way for airline solutions as it introduces an initiative to contain the outbreak.

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UAE’s flagship carrier, with the help of Dubai Health Authority, begins conducting rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers bound for Tunisia at Dubai International Airport’s group check-in area. It is the first airline to administer blood tests on-site for departing travelers and give results within 10 minutes to avoid delay and flight inconvenience.

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In a statement issued by the airline, Emirates CEO Adel Al Redha says, “We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights. This will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates. The health and safety of staff and passengers at the airport remain of paramount importance.”

The Dubai Health Authority has been proactively engaging with various governmental and private health sectors to take this initiative and its high-quality services into a larger scale so the whole industry can take cue. It has also assured everyone that all necessary measures and international guidelines apply, and formalities have been adapted with social distancing in mind. Each check-in desk is enclosed with protective barriers to provide additional safety measures, PPE have been made mandatory for all employees at the airport.

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Emirates has also modified in-flight services to reduce contact and risk of interaction between passengers and cabin crew. All baggage must be checked in except for laptop, handbag, briefcase, or baby items. Magazines and reading materials are not available, while meal service, including packaging and presentation, undergoes adjustments for everyone’s safety.

 

 



Source: Manila Bulletin ( https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/17/emirates-tests-passengers-for-covid-19-before-boarding/)

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