Many people are taking precautions on flights to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. In China, they're really taking precautions.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has released new guidelines for flight personnel. On the list of guidelines? Wearing a diaper.
A section on PPE advises cabin crew on flights to and from high-risk countries to wear "medical masks, double-layer disposable medical gloves, goggles, disposable hats, disposable protective clothing, and disposable shoe covers."
The next sentence reads: "It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the lavatories barring special circumstances to avoid infection risks."
The airplane bathroom design was already an issue way before Covid-19, so small, you're touching all four walls as soon as you squeeze yourself in there and if 50 more passengers use that same lavatory...oh boy! So the pandemic has really brought the topic of a new bathroom design to the forefront.
Some airlines have already made some changes to their bathrooms. According to CNN report
- Japanese airline ANA earlier this year that it was testing out a prototype of a new hands-free lavatory door.
- Boeing successfully applied for a patent on a "self-cleaning lavatory" that would use UV light to clean 99.9% of bathroom germs after every use.
Definitely a place where change is needed.
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