Chinese language aviation physique suggests flight attendants put on diapers on board planes

(CNN) – As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, transportation officials around the world have been looking for ways to protect passengers and crew on board aircraft.

On November 25, the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) released new guidelines for the country’s aviation industry it oversees.

The document, titled Technical Guidelines for Aviation Epidemic Prevention and Control, Sixth Edition, provides guidance on best aircraft and airport hygiene practices.

But one of those suggestions – that employees like flight attendants wear disposable diapers so they don’t have to go to the bathroom – raised some eyebrows.

A section on PPE advises cabin crews on flights to and from high risk countries to wear “medical masks, two-layer disposable medical gloves, goggles, disposable hats, disposable protective clothing and disposable shoe covers”.

The next sentence reads, “It is recommended that flight attendants wear disposable diapers and not use the toilet, except in special circumstances, to reduce the risk of infection.”

While such advice may seem dramatic, it’s no secret that toilets can be the most germ-rich place on an airplane. In August, a woman traveling from Italy to South Korea fell ill with coronavirus while traveling, and a visit to the bathroom – the only place she wasn’t wearing an N95 mask – was cited as a possible source of her infection.

Aircraft bath design was a hot topic even before Covid-19, but the pandemic has focused efforts to find new solutions.

Japanese airline ANA announced earlier this year that it would be testing a prototype of a new hands-free toilet door. In the meantime, Boeing successfully applied for a patent for a “self-cleaning toilet” in which 99.9% of bathroom germs are cleaned with UV light after each use.

CNN’s Hannah Zhang contributed to the coverage.

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