Qantas Announces Coronavirus Precautions, but Says No Social Distancing on Flights

Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas, has said social distancing will not be part of its new strategy to resume flying once travel restrictions are eased.

Qantas said it was introducing a range of measures as part of its “Fly Well” program to “ensure a safe travel environment and give extra peace of mind”. The measures would be applied on Qantas and Jetstar flights, the company said, and include masks on board, hand sanitizing stations, and enhanced aircraft cleaning.

Social distancing is not part of the measures, the airline said. Dr Ian Hosegood, its medical director, said: “Social distancing on an aircraft isn’t practical the way it is on the ground, and given the low transmission risk on board, we don’t believe it’s necessary in order to be safe.”

ABC News reported that the Transport Workers Union said Qantas’s new measures were “not enough”. The union said the airline was downplaying risks. Credit: Qantas via Storyful