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THAI implements MERS virus preventive measures

Bangkok, 17 June, 2015 – Thai Airways International (THAI) announced that preventive measures have been implemented regarding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in order to boost THAI customers’ confidence.

Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, revealed that due to news about the MERS virus outbreak and THAI flights within the affected areas, the company decided to release preventive measures with consideration to aircraft service provision and staff safety, in an effort to boost passenger confidence.

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THAI’s preventive MERS measures are as follows:

  1. Screen passengers and ground customer services measure: monitor passengers before check-in and in some cases maybe required to present a doctor’s letter of health certification.
  1. Service on board measure: monitor passengers during the flight.
  1. Prepare the aircraft and sterilization measure: spray antibacterial solution inside the aircraft while the aircraft is parked at the airport.
  1. Aircraft cleaning measure: deep clean and disinfect 36 touch points in the passenger cabin.
  1. Preventive and safeguard measure regarding staff sanitation: carry personal protective equipment on board and educate staff about preventive health care.
  1. Commercial mail and cargo measure: check containers and prevent delivery of suspected goods.
  1. Dietary measure: select raw materials, use clean meal preparation methods, and avoid risks of infection.

THAI implemented these prevention measures ever since the SARS outbreak in 2003, H5N1 in 2004, and Ebola in 2014, whereby these measures received recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO).

THAI is also collaborating with the Ministry of the Public Health to closely monitor the situation and other measures that have been implemented by the Ministry of Public Health.

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