Qatar Airways will now require all passengers, including children,
to wear a plastic face shield in addition to a face mask or covering
as it steps up its protective measures against COVID-19.
The change in policy comes as the airline drops a requirement for its
cabin crew to wear full head to toe biohazard suits, something that chief executive
Akbar Al Baker admitted was “uncomfortable” but said was necessary to protect crew from the dangers of the novel Coronavirus.
Instead, cabin crew will now wear a disposable protective gown, similar to what crew at other Persian Gulf airlines including Emirates and Etihad wear. They’ll also be kitted out with face masks, protective glasses and disposable gloves but they won’t be expected to wear face shields.