EVA Air fires 3 flight crew for violating quarantine rules

EVA Air is a Taiwanese international airline based at Taoyuan International Airport. (Courtesy of EVA Air)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Thursday that airline crew members who are found to have broken quarantine rules will be treated as regular members of the public in the future and asked to comply with the 14-day quarantine rule instead of 5 days.

Speaking at a press briefing, Chuang added that if they break the 14-day quarantine rule again, they will face penalty under the “Communicable Disease Control Act” (傳染病防治法).

He was responding to news reports earlier that day that EVA Air dismissed three flight attendants over the past few weeks for breaking self-quarantine rules, marking it the first time that flight attendants have lost their jobs due to quarantine failures.

One flight attendant reportedly failed to comply with regulations by visiting relatives and eating out with friends without informing the company, a spokesperson from EVA Air said.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) have established disease prevention measures for cabin crew members, including monitoring their health and reporting their temperature daily, the airlines added.

In addition, the cabin crew members must wear nitrile medical gloves, protective gear, medical masks, and goggles on all international round-trip flights, EVA Air said, adding that they are prohibited from interacting with locals during their short stay at an outstation.

“They must stay in their hotel and dine with the crew members on the same flight during their stay at outstations,” the spokesperson stressed.

Airline supervisors at overseas bases randomly check on the crew to see if they stay at the hotel and reminded them to abide by the preventive measures, EVA Air said, adding that the crew members must self-quarantine at home for five days upon return to Taiwan.