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2020-01-07 | 公共電視

Flight Attendants Respond to Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak|華航開放武漢航班空服員 收餐可戴手套

A mystery pneumonia outbreak is spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan. China Airlines and subsidiary Mandarin Airlines both offer direct flights to Wuhan. Their union says the airline is allowing flight attendants on flights to and from Wuhan to wear gloves when collecting meals, but they cannot wear face masks unless they receive authorization from the purser. The union worries that this course of action will result in vulnerabilities in disease prevention.

The cause of mysterious pneumonia cases in the Chinese city of Wuhan remains unknown. The Centers for Disease Control says it will send personnel to board flights arriving in Taiwan from Wuhan to carry out pre-entry quarantine procedures. China Airlines flight attendants said the airline announced on Jan. 6 that flight attendants working on direct flights to and from Wuhan may wear gloves when collecting meals. However, they cannot wear face masks unless authorized by the purser.

It would be better if you could give flight attendants the choice of wearing face masks. When we collect meals, we kneel in the aisles to collect used tableware. During this time, we are very close to passengers in terms of distance and height.

The responsibility of making a decision on whether to allow face masks is being passed on to the purser. That's fine. However, this also has to be included in reports. What if the airline looks at the report and sees there were only 100 passengers on the flight, which are not that many people, and says why did you wear a face mask when you could just have moved someone who was coughing? This is a possibility. Would the purser allow you to wear face masks then?

There are 12 direct flights between Taiwan and Wuhan every week. China Airlines offers flights on Mondays and Thursdays, and Mandarin Airlines has flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Centers for Disease Control has already ruled out SARS and MERS as the cause for the outbreak. It advises flight attendants to wear face masks, but has not issued any mandatory provisions. Some doctors say airlines have the obligation to unify their policies to conform to the CDC suggestions. Others say the oral infection prevention effect won't be great unless everyone wears N95 masks.

If you advise everyone to wear face masks, then China Airlines should follow suit. The CDC's present method is probably making a unified decision.

If China Airlines flight attendants have symptoms, then they should wear face masks. There's no problem with that. However, there's no point in wearing regular face masks.

Flight attendants say there is a high risk of infection in their occupation, and therefore they would like their employer to allow them to decide whether to wear face masks, as well as provide sufficient protection equipment for all plane configurations during special circumstances. The airline says it is working with flight crews to learn more about the situation in order to respond accordingly.

因應中國武漢爆發不明肺炎,疾管署防疫人員會登上武漢來台班機,進行入境前的檢疫作業。華航空服員表示,6號開始公司也公告,直飛武漢的航班,收餐可以戴手套,可是配戴口罩還是得經過客艙經理同意。

桃園市空職工監事/華航空服員 林原煌表示:「如果可以再增加說,開放空服員自主性戴口罩,應該會是更好的,尤其是像我們收餐的時候,是蹲在走道上,拿取這些使用過的餐具,其實這個距離跟高度,我們是面對旅客非常近距離的。

華航企業工會職安委員 龔語婕表示:「能不能戴口罩,這件事情的責任,其實是轉嫁到客艙經理的身上。好,結果還要置入報告,那你(公司)一看,這一班明明只有100多個(人)啊,又沒有很多人,萬一有人咳嗽的話,你就可以把他調換座位,為什麼還要戴口罩?這也都可以是一個說法,您說客艙經理,到底要不要同意您戴口罩。」

台灣、武漢一週有12班直航,其中,華航每週一、四,華信每週三、六都有對飛航班。疾管署已排除不明肺炎是SARS、MERS,目前只有建議空服員配戴口罩,沒有硬性規定,有醫師認為,疾管署既然提出建議,航空公司就有義務統一政策去配合,不過也有醫師認為,除非都是配戴N95,否則杜絕口沫傳染的效果不大。

台大醫院小兒部主任 黃立民表示:「因為如果說鼓勵大家戴口罩,那華航就應該配合,疾管署目前的辦法,可能就是要做一個(統一的)決定。」

中國醫藥大學附設醫院感染科主治醫師 王任賢表示:「如果華航的空服員,他有症狀,當然要戴口罩沒有問題,但戴正常人的口罩要幹什麼?沒有意義的。」

空服員則表示,他們屬於接觸病原的高風險職業,不只希望公司同意他們,都能自主選擇要不要戴口罩,也希望在非常時期,針對各種機型裝載足夠的防護設備。華航則說,正在和機組員了解情況,才能做出回應。

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