Not to belabor the point I made yesterday, but Turkish Airlines announced it will have “hygiene experts” on each flight to promote, well, hygiene. While that’s fine and good, I’d still prefer to see chefs instead.
Turkish Airlines Hygiene Experts Coming To Each Flight
Turkish Airlines announced it will designate one flight attendant for hygiene duty on each flight. Their job duties will include:
- Disenfect lavatories
- Monitor passengers to ensure masks are kept on, except for doing meal services
- and even during meal services, masks should not all be removed at once
- Promote social distancing during boarding and disembarkation
- Ensure passengers limit movement during the flight
Upon boarding, each passenger will receive a hygiene kit which includes a:
- Disinfectant and antiseptic tissue
How About A Similar Care For Onboard Catering?
Again, not to belabor the point I made yesterday, but I still believe Turkish Airlines is being penny-wise, pound-foolish with its meal service cuts. Yes, you’ll receive a nice hygiene kit when you board instead of a hot meal. And if you are flying in business class, you won’t see a friendly chef wearing a white coat and hat. That’s not a trade I am happy about.
With most airport concessions closed and lounges either closed or lacking food options, you either need to bring food from home or you’ll go hungry. With scant evidence that virus is spread through hot meals, we can all agree this is simply a cost-savings move. And while some insist that it is just temporary or will not deter travelers from choosing Turkish Airlines due to its cheaper fares, I believe it sets a dangerous precedent.
Airline meals can be served in a safe way. Airlines meals are also an important part of brand identity. Thus, I hope that Turkish will not see its new onboard hygienist as a long-term substitute for its onboard chef.
I harp over airline meals because I cannot stand the duplicity of hygiene theatre. Yes, we should take every reasonable precaution to keep ourselves safe and keep those around us safe. And yes, airlines must survive in a world of depressed revenue. But to the latter point, I think I would shut up if airlines just called it a revenue-saving measure and not promote slashing meal service as a way to protect your health.