By Kasim Sumaina
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Saturday executed simulation assert at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Global Airport Abuja to test all protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the Airports forward of flight resumption.
The simulation assert which started Saturday morning saw passengers struggle during the total protocols sooner than boarding the Aero Contractor flight on a B737 marked NG110 with 51 passengers on board.
THISDAY observed, all the map in which during the simulation assert, a 1.5m bodily distance markings, two hand wash areas and bags disinfecting condominium. Additionally hand sanitizers had been placed in strategic areas even as Port Health workers had been considered taking temperature of intending passengers.
Passengers had been mandated to apply all protocols at all occasions.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, whereas speaking all the map in which during the assert, defined that the flight simulation used to be to provide 5 issues, which integrated placing forward bodily distance, wearing protective materials equivalent to face conceal and face defend, placing forward hygiene, cleansing the condominium and surfaces, and seating in an atmosphere that is neat and hygienic whereas placing forward bodily distance.
“So we are able to board the plane decontaminated so we don’t contaminate others. All of the issues that has happened right here is to be definite that we don’t spread COVID-19,” he stated.
Per him, the authorities are guaranteeing efficient facilitation of passengers so time is no longer wasted in adopting the unusual standard.
“We are able to screech the total protocols once more sooner than opening. Nonetheless are attempting to be at the airport three hours forward of your flight,” he acknowledged.
“The trip is reasonably good but it takes slightly of time which is why you’ll want to perhaps well must be at the airport three hours sooner than your local flight. For worldwide flight, we are able to also form 5 hours,” he added.
Explaining extra, Sen. Sirika stated: “Now we have demonstrated right here in a mock manner a in unhappy health particular person. You saw how the condominium used to be condoned off, the in unhappy health taken away to safe condominium and the scene disinfected. You saw the health workers in their PPEs come around to evacuate the in unhappy health particular person. All that is to stay with the unusual standard.
“You furthermore saw that whenever you had been served tea or beverages, you care for it yourself in a disposable cup. Every little thing for me on this demo assert worked very neatly. We got right here and started placing forward bodily distance correct from the out of doors.
“The total markings are there, and we respected that. Sooner or later of the register direction of, we had been shielded from the ascertain-in officers, we bought our boarding passes and all the map in which through boarding, we serene our boarding passes and dropped the utterly different end with out bodily contact. So contacts with americans had been reduced so we are able to reside safe,” he stated
Speaking on the protocol during the flight, Sirika illustrious, “There’ll furthermore be social distancing in the plane. Nonetheless unusual solutions are coming on board on straightforward reside seated to create the carbin economical okay and to be definite that we don’t infect each and every quite numerous.
“These unusual norms are coming and we are able to put into effect them in this form of model that flights are winning. WHO and ICAO have developed protocols of the sitting.”
Nigerian airports had been shut down for approximately three months to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless the aviation sector is decided to reopen once more.