Thir­teen Hawai­ian Air­lines em­ploy­ees test pos­i­tive for virus

The Maui News - - News -

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawai­ian Air­lines Inc. says 13 of its em­ploy­ees have tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus fol­low­ing an an­nual train­ing course.

The em­ploy­ees who tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 took part in flight at­ten­dant train­ing at the air­line’s Honolulu head­quar­ters about two weeks ago, the com­pany said.

One in­fected at­ten­dant worked dur­ing a flight last week, the air­line said.

All em­ploy­ees in­volved in the classes have self-iso­lated in ac­cor­dance with pro­to­cols is­sued by the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and the state Depart­ment of Health, the air car­rier said.

The train­ing in­volv­ing about 60 em­ploy­ees in­cluded close in­ter­ac­tion and that masks were op­tional, the com­pany said.

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Flight At­ten­dants, the union rep­re­sent­ing Hawai­ian Air­lines flight at­ten­dants, said the yearly train­ing man­dated by the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion was de­layed be­cause of the pan­demic, but classes re­sumed last month with new safety mea­sures in place.

Fol­low­ing the out­break, the union wants Hawai­ian Air­lines to reeval­u­ate those mea­sures and has asked the fed­eral govern­ment to out­line safety mea­sures to be re­quired for all U.S. air­lines.

“We need to make sure that ev­ery air­line is in­sti­tut­ing ef­fec­tive COVID-19 safety mea­sures, and that we get COVID-19 safety mea­sures in­sti­tuted from the fed­eral govern­ment in order to en­sure one level of safety across the avi­a­tion sys­tem,”î as­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son Tay­lor

Gar­land said.

The up­dated safety mea­sures fol­lowed dur­ing the train­ing in­cluded smaller class sizes, so­cial dis­tanc­ing, glove use and fre­quent clean­ing, Hawai­ian Air­lines said.

There will be more rig­or­ous pro­to­cols when train­ing re­sumes in­clud­ing re­quired face cov­er­ings, elec­tro­static dis­in­fec­tion and ad­di­tional time be­tween ac­tiv­i­ties to min­i­mize in­ter­ac­tions, the com­pany said.

For most peo­ple, the coro­n­avirus causes mild or mod­er­ate symp­toms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — es­pe­cially older adults and peo­ple with ex­ist­ing health prob­lems — it can cause more se­vere ill­ness, in­clud­ing pneu­mo­nia and death.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.