DOTr: Passengers to wear face shields on flights

Aviation Updates Philippines – On Wednesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has adopted a new policy to require the wearing of both face shields and face masks for all passengers in all modes of public transportation, including the aviation sector, beginning August 15, 2020.

“The initiative aims to further reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in public transport facilities as health authorities have pointed out that the use of face shields and masks reduces exposure to and emission of respiratory droplets considerably,” the DOTr said.

The mandatory wearing of face shields is concurrent with the earlier policy to wear face masks in public transportation: aviation sector, airports, railway transport, road transport, and the maritime industry. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said this would be a significant and added layer of protection against COVID-19.

Philippine Airlines

National flag carrier Philippine Airlines on Friday said passengers on its domestic and international flights are required to wear face shields and face masks in compliance with guidelines from the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

PAL said all passengers must wear face masks and face shields throughout the entire flight. This mandate shall be effective beginning August 15, 2020, as instructed by the DOTr for all modes of public transportation.

Aside from this new measure, the airline also employs the wearing of full personal protective equipment (PPE) for the cabin crew, ample availability of sanitizers on-ground and in-flight, thermal scanning of passengers, intensive disinfection, among others.

Cebu Pacific

Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific reminded passengers about the requirement to wear face shields upon entering the terminal on the said date. 

“In line with directives from the Philippine government, all Cebu Pacific passengers will be required to wear face shields during the entire flight, effective August 15, 2020,” the airline said.

Cebu Pacific reassures it has implemented enhanced bio-security preventive measures “to keep our passengers and personnel safe.”

AirAsia Philippines

Low-cost airline AirAsia Philippines now requires passengers on its flights to wear face shields as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) initiative against COVID-19 in all public transportation modes.

READ: AirAsia Philippines now requires face shields when flying

AirAsia has since rolled out enhanced safety measures to protect its guests. It currently adopts a multi-layered system that starts from check-in and continues until arrival at the destination airport.

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