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Airline to review cabin crew socialising ban

In an attempt to curb COVID-19 spreading among staff and resulting in cancelled flights, Virgin Atlantic has instructed cabin crew and pilots to avoid eating and socialising with each other and with staff from other flights.


When socialising inside, Virgin bosses asked crew to stay in a four person maximum bubble, The Independent reported. 


The directive, which has been in place since late December has come under fire given that crews can be working side by side in an aircraft for 12 hours.


Pilot union, British Airline Pilots’ Association, has called for the restrictions to be lifted with immediate effect.


“The challenges faced and overcome by pilots and our cabin crew colleagues during the pandemic, particularly the overblown and oppressive requirements in some places, are illustrated by the difficulties this airline is trying to address,” the association’s general secretary Martin Chalk said.


“Airline crew already spend considerable time away from their family and friends. These requested restrictions should be lifted as quickly as possible to enable them to support each other as normal while away from home.”


A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic told The Independent that the airline is “actively reviewing whether this policy is still necessary”. 



“We continue to take pre-emptive measures to uphold operational and staffing resilience, always putting the health and safety of our people and our customers first.


“Alongside any local requirements, temporary measures are in place for our crews to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission while they are overseas. This guidance to our people means we ensure they stay healthy and well and avoid flight disruption or cancellations for customers. 


“These measures are kept under constant review and will be maintained only as long is necessary.”


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Published: 1 February 2022

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