Cabin crew: Virus OK as long as we’re in quarantine

Singapore Airlines plans to begin delivering its pilots and co-pilots fully vaccinated against the deadly H5N1 avian flu in late December or early January, said Delphine Hee, a Singapore Airlines official. Hahn Luu of…

Cabin crew: Virus OK as long as we’re in quarantine

Singapore Airlines plans to begin delivering its pilots and co-pilots fully vaccinated against the deadly H5N1 avian flu in late December or early January, said Delphine Hee, a Singapore Airlines official.

Hahn Luu of the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations told the IFPPA in a letter on Oct. 4 that Singapore Airlines would begin flying its fleet of seven Airbus A380s (200-300) in December or January without exposing the pilots and flight attendants to the disease. According to the letter, Hahn Luu expects all Singapore Airlines pilots and flight attendants to have been fully vaccinated against H5N1 in late November. She said new influenza viruses are considered safe to fly on “provided the disease cannot be transmitted from an individual to others.”

Hahn Luu also points out that Singapore Airlines has a quarantine facility that could be used in the event of a large avian flu outbreak. “We would have the capability to isolate a situation and handle the situation in a manner consistent with international regulations and with the safety of our passengers and crew,” Hahn Luu said.

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