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Passengers with Symptom of malaria may be denied boarding —Aero Contractors

ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI

According to the Federal directive that the commercial airline should kick off to work in order to revive the economy back after the meeting with the PTF chairman.

The Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi adviced anybody with symptom of maleria, cough or cold not to board the flight in order not contact passenger.
“I will like to point out that if you have malaria or common cold, do not come to the airport because there is a high possibility that you are going to be denied boarding. This is the new normal that we are going to see. The main thing for the airlines is to make sure that the airplanes are safe and that is what we’re doing.”

Sanusi was questioed about those that have medical report either they can board the flight, he stated only those with negative report to Covid-19

“My airline would not allow someone with a doctor’s report that says I have malaria. I would rather have him come with a COVID-19 test result certifying that he is free from COVID-19.”

If we see anybody sneezing, we will take him as an index passenger. We are not saying that he has allergies. We will take him as an index passenger till we have handed him over to the port health authorities and the trained personnel would be the ones to determine whether he is allergic or has COVID-19.

“If a passenger has allergies and starts sneezing, we will take him as an index passenger and there are protocols for that. We have made provisions for passengers to isolate and be taken care of.”

The Aero Contractors MD stated, “The World Health Organisation has made it very clear that physical distancing should be two metres. We cannot achieve two metres inside a single-aisle airplane. The sitting is at most 55 inches.

“So, they said if you cannot achieve physical distancing, then you must wear your facial masks. What I want to point out is that the flying public should understand that we have gone through a three-layered approach to ensure that whenever they are seated in the aircraft they are very safe.

“We will try and spread as much as we can inside the airplane. As I said, we cannot achieve two-metre spacing between passengers bearing in mind that if a passenger tries to use the restroom, he will have to be close to another passenger.

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