Two Air India Express flights from Dubai touched down in Chennai late on Saturday bringing residence 356 Indians stranded abroad.
While the passengers and their households are drastically relieved for making the journey residence, the method to make sure their secure transport amid the COVID-19 scare entails a excessive diploma of rigour, laborious work and sacrifice for pilots, cabin crew and floor employees concerned within the mission.
“The crew faces a high risk of infection. But we have COVID-19 SOP in place. We brief and train every person using handbooks and videos from using PPEs to handling passengers. Even doctors train us,” says Captain VS Rajkumar, Chief of Operations, Air India Express.
Despite the inherent well being danger concerned, giant variety of folks have volunteered to be a part of these particular flights. “Our families are scared and even ask us to take long leave. But for us duty takes over. We have to do that. We have faith in our company,” says Captain Sundeep Gunasekaran who commanded Air India Express flight from Dubai to Chennai.
Ms Geetha, a Senior Cabin Crew, provides: “We are proud to do this. Also honoured and privileged to do this for our nation”.
Both Captain V S Rajkumar and his Pilot spouse, Captain Kavitha Rajkumar, have signed up for the “Vande Bharat” mission to convey again stranded Indians and expatriates in different nations. Captain Kavitha Rajkumar took off from Trichy on Saturday to convey stranded Indians from Kuala Lumpur.
Cabin crew members who work intently with passengers train plentiful warning to keep away from any bodily contact. A pack containing snacks, two water bottles, masks and sanitise is positioned on passenger seats even earlier than they’re allowed entry to flights. Two carts with extra load of water bottles are additionally obtainable for self service. The flight is fumigated, sanitised and deep cleaned. “Passengers should really travel light and carry less baggage during these times so they would get space for social distancing on board,” says Vimal Kumar, a senior Cabin Crew Member.
The total additionally face one massive problem in the course of the flight time. They can not attend nature’s name in the course of the journey until they dispose the one time crew PPEs, in accordance with the protocal.”Even after landing it takes an hour for us to dispose as we wait passengers disembark in groups of 20. So we time our intake of food and water much in advance, ” says Captain Kailash Ramachadran.
“For longer flights the crew uses adult diapers to tide over”, Captain Rajkumar defined.
These flights additionally give them moments of laughter. Refering to the paid qurantine facility talked about on the declaration slip, Ms Geetha says a paseenger requested her – “Would I get a single bed or double bed”.
Air India is scheduled to function 64 paid flights between May 7 and May 13 below a repatriation programme by the federal government to convey again hundreds of Indians stranded abroad following the lockdown to manage the unfold of coronavirus.