Mask: Check. Sanitizer: Check. Diaper: Wait... What?

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

China's latest COVID hygiene regulations for cabin crew are causing a bit of a piddle.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China just released new PPE guidelines for cabin crew flying to high-risk countries. These include coronavirus protections like "medical masks, double-layer disposable medical gloves, goggles, disposable hats, disposable protective clothing, and disposable shoe covers."

But the PEE PPE requirements take things one step further by adding an extra uniform item: diapers. 

Flip back a few decades to when female flight attendants made a big stink over wearing short skirts. One can only imagine how liberating a diaper would have been.

"It is recommended that cabin crew members wear disposable diapers and avoid using the lavatories barring special circumstances to avoid infection risks," the guidelines say.

While many social media users agreed the advice was a wee dramatic, others found it reasonable.

@Omakarocks said, "Doesn’t sound fun but it sounds reasonable. The restroom has to have an increased possibility for contracting Covid. And with news of people going on flights after contracting Covid, airlines need to protect themselves."

Twitter user @Me11Yumi pointed out that surgeons are also required to wear diapers during long procedures, asking "why is this even news"?

The guideline aims to increase cabin crew's hygiene, but there's also the question of how hygienic wearing diapers on long flights even is. 

@RMartial4 questioned, "While I understand the reasoning behind the advice, it still sounds a bit extreme. And one can only imagine the stench in the cabin by the end of long flights."

Even before the pandemic, airlines and aircraft manufacturers were looking for innovative ways to upgrade airplane washrooms and make the lavatory experience more hygienic. 

Back in 2016, Airbus considered introducing the first-ever urinals aboard its aircraft. More recently, Delta announced it would install antimicrobial LED lights in its airplane lavatories as part of its enhanced cleaning measures and Boeing said it is developing a handheld device for airline staff to help disinfect aircraft using UV light. 

It’s all well and good, but when Pampers puts out an air crew model ‘for those high flying fannies” it’s time to take the bus.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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