The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has announced that meals onboard flights will no longer be feasible due to the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Minister made this known at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He stated that meals will no longer be served on domestic flights as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus on flights.

He said: “For this domestic operation, there will be no food. No food will be given to reduce contamination level and we will allow you to come with your mask,” he said.

“Like the MD of FAAN had said the other day, we see it as your private thing. So it is you bring your mask, they don’t have to be the fancy ones.”

Sirika further went on to talk about the functions of the crew in the flight stating that because of their initial function they are in their elements, “Remember I told you on this platform that the cabin crew’s job is not to offer you tea.

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“They came into the industry because of people who were getting air-sick so we thought we would be putting nurses in the airplane to look after those people who are sick.

“Since then, they metamorphosed and they became something new. They want to now give you tea because many people don’t get sick anymore, they give will either give you coffee, offer you food and drink and so on.

“So the main purpose of the cabin staff is to ensure that we all remain safe for your welfare and your health.”