Singapore Airlines set to offer plane flu vaccine to all crew

Image copyright Thai Customs Image caption This photo shows the vaccine (left) in water droplets (right) on a Thai seaside Thai officials have confirmed that they have struck up a special relationship with the…

Singapore Airlines set to offer plane flu vaccine to all crew

Image copyright Thai Customs Image caption This photo shows the vaccine (left) in water droplets (right) on a Thai seaside

Thai officials have confirmed that they have struck up a special relationship with the Singapore Airlines which is promising to vaccinate every crew member on its Singapore-Hanoi flights.

According to local media, an announcement was made this week that a vaccine would be available from next year to all Thai crew on the Singapore-Hanoi route.

The two airlines have shared security information since a Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to land because of a bomb threat.

In October a Thai Airways plane was also struck down by a bomb threat.

“Singapore Airlines has committed to safe flights and ensure the highest level of security. All crew on our flights are notified of the threat via internal and external channels to ensure their safety,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement.

“As a security measure we are ready to provide vaccine if required.

“As always, we will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The two carriers jointly share security information

Following the latest incident, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha summoned aviation authorities from Asia-Pacific.

Thai Airways said they “expressed their concern” to Malaysia Airlines, which agreed to share flight data and intelligence with Thai authorities to prevent a repeat.

However, some experts believe the virus may not have originated from terrorism.

According to CNN, police in the US have questioned an uncle of a Syrian accused of planting a bomb on board a Malaysian Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

The man has denied having any involvement in the bomb.

“I am calm. I did not plan anything. I did not do anything,” the man was quoted as saying in court documents.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board . The Dutch-led investigation found that Russian-backed rebels had used a surface-to-air missile as a means of targeting Ukrainian military planes, but said the missile had been brought into Ukraine from Russia.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Malaysia Airlines flew from Brussels to Kuala Lumpur on 9 August 2015 with 298 people on board when the aircraft was shot down in eastern Ukraine. The dead included 15 Britons.

Last month, more than a dozen Caribbean countries suspended flights from Cuba to the US, in a move prompted by the latter’s decision to tighten its air travel restrictions.

Earlier this year, some Western carriers began to offer refunds and discounts on air travel to Cuba following the demise of state-run airlines Gran Caribe and Cubana de Aviacion.

The US has eased restrictions on travel to Cuba since President Barack Obama’s detente with the Communist nation.

Malaysia Airlines passengers are also subject to additional checks before take-off.

How do we protect against bombs?

There are no laws against fire bombs and vests on planes. So-called “dirty bombs” are undetectable by a passenger’s physical attributes, such as eye colour, skin colour, and hair colour, due to their chemical composition.

Lives can also be saved by the use of defibrillators or others emergency equipment.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption In a major terror attack like 9/11 the Al-Qaeda hijackers hijack the plane

Airlines are also advised to review passenger lists by police or border officials who are conducting thorough surveillance on passports of known travellers.

A passenger scanning machine for screening suspicious papers (for example identity or passport status) is also installed on planes, so that detection can be performed remotely.

However, airlines in other countries have stopped using the systems because they have become quite expensive.

Last year the Department of Homeland Security decided to stop scanning visas and travel documents at US borders.

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