The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has released new directives for Thai-chartered and international flights to further prevent covid-19 transmission while traveling by air.
Chula Sukmanoop, CAAT director-general, stated that he issued the new flight guidelines on July 16th. The revamped measures apply to all flights bound for Thailand.
The new flight regulations command airlines to inform their customers of Thai regulations and disease counter-measures on arrival, during their stay, and before leaving the country.
The measures include health screenings and certifications before boarding planes.
Sukmanoop also added that passengers from chartered flights must pass health examinations. Additionally, travelers from countries heavily-inflicted by the pandemic must pass covid-19 tests and wear face masks throughout the flight.
The flight authority stressed that there must be ample supply of alcohol gel for sanitization purposes aboard flights.
Under the new directive, pilots must wear face masks, while flight attendants must wear disposable medical gloves and face masks.
The civil flight authority also placed a ban on newspapers, magazines, leaflets, and product sales aboard flights.
The revised air regulations also included time parameters for airlines.
According to the issued guidelines:
Flights lasting less than 120 minutes are prohibited from serving foods and drinks; flights lasting over 120 minutes will serve foods and drinks in sealed and pre-packaged containers; flights that will operate for longer than 240 minutes must reserve three rear rows of seats for patient isolation.