Emirates Airlines suspends its flights between Dubai and Italy and conducts a thermal survey of travelers to America

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Emirates Airlines has started the procedures of thermal scanning for passengers from Dubai International Airport to all destinations in the United States of America, according to a statement issued by the company through its official website.

Thermal wipers have been installed at the departure gates of these flights, and further checks are carried out for anyone showing symptoms of high temperature.

According to a tweet published by the Chairman of the Dubai Aviation Authority, Supreme President of the Emirates Airlines Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, he said: “This precaution comes within the framework of our continuous efforts to deal with the latest developments in the Covid-19 epidemic.”

In another development, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum stated that Emirates Airlines has suspended all flights of flydubai and Emirates Airlines between Dubai and Italy, where it will operate the last flight on 14 March.

Amid the spread of the Corona virus, Emirates Airlines takes precautionary measures that include cleaning and disinfection of surfaces that passengers come into contact with before each flight.

According to the Emirates Airlines website, approved and environmentally friendly chemicals are used in order to eliminate viruses and germs, and also leave these materials on the surfaces with protective layers, which will remain in effect for a long time, preventing any subsequent contamination with the virus.

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Emirates Airlines takes precautionary measures that include cleaning and sterilizing the surfaces that the plane’s passengers touch

And if it appears that one of the aircraft has transferred a case infected or suspected of being infected with the Coronavirus, the cleaning and disinfection procedures extend for about 6 to 8 hours, spraying the interior with disinfectants, and providing them with “HEPA” air filters, which are capable of removing 99.97% of viruses, germs, Fungi, and dust.

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Emirates Airlines takes precautionary measures that include cleaning and sterilizing the surfaces that the plane’s passengers touch

The Emirates website stated that the sterilization operations for the next flight require a team of 18 people working for one hour, while the Airbus “A380” needs a team of 36 workers. On average, 248 aircraft are subjected to comprehensive sterilization daily before departure from Dubai.

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Image showing the process of replacing the air filters in the plane

It is reported that Emirates Airlines will have the opportunity to change their travel dates and reissue tickets, which were booked before March 31, 2020, without any fees. Customers will not incur any cancellation fees for tickets issued between March 7, until March 31, 2020.





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