Malaysia Airlines is offering all passengers travelling with the airline complimentary “hygiene kits” as part of the carrier’s new health and safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Each hygiene kit comes with a non-surgical face mask, hand sanitiser and sanitary wipes. These items are all packed in a sealed zip-lock pouch which the carrier says is “perfect for passengers to comfortably keep in their pockets”.
The airline follows US carrier Delta, which launched hygiene kits with face masks for passengers in May.
Malaysia Airlines’ hygiene kits are part of the carrier’s “Fly Confidential” initiative that outlines a series of new safety measures the carrier says it has adopted as it resumed flights in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Other measures include requiring passengers to wear face masks, health screening using thermal scanners, and imposing social distancing rules “wherever possible”.
“The world-at-large is beginning to reopen its borders to travel and flights once more, and these new Hygiene Kits are additional steps taken by the airline to care for our passengers throughout their journey,” said Malaysia Airlines’ group chief marketing and customer experience officer, Lau Yin May.
Malaysia’s flag carrier gradually increased its flights in June and July, for domestic and international routes respectively. A spokesperson from the airline said the carrier has reduced its network capacity by 90 per cent.
“The resumption of services will allow families who have not been able to return to their loved ones due to travel restrictions in many parts of the world to reunite. Passengers are however, reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys with travel restrictions remaining in place in most countries,” said the carrier in June.
Currently, foreigners are not allowed to enter Malaysia (with some exceptions) until August 31. All passengers arriving in Malaysia have to self-quarantine for 14 days.