Air New Zealand is today responding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) travel advisory issued over the weekend. The airline will take all steps to ensure that it follows the precautionary world-wide directives outlined in order to avoid further spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The precautionary measures taken by Air New Zealand have included:
- alerting the airline's airport managers and check -in staff so that passengers with flu-like symptoms are not checked through
- heightening the awareness of cabin crew so that the recommendations for the management of passengers who become ill in-flight with flu like symptoms are followed
- alerting pilots to the need to contact the appropriate authorities at the destination airport so that the appropriate medical follow up is instigated.
Air New Zealand's chief medical officer, Dr David Powell said that it is company policy not to carry any passenger with a known infectious disease. Currently, crew are able to exercise discretion and refuse boarding to anyone they believe may be a danger to themselves or others.
Dr Powell said the airline will also be closely monitoring staff who travel into the regions where the illness has been reported.
Air New Zealand will continue to monitor the situation and seek the advice of the Ministry of Health over the matter.
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