Britian’s NHS May Begin Hiring Airline Cabin Crew

It’s the unfortunate reality of the COVID-19 pandemic: many jobs will be lost. This is particularly true for…

Britian’s NHS May Begin Hiring Airline Cabin Crew

It’s the unfortunate reality of the COVID-19 pandemic: many jobs will be lost. This is particularly true for the aviation sector, as travel restrictions severely limit international mobility at the moment. Even though some countries are slowly opening up, many airlines are still predicting a two to three-year period of recovery for the industry. This leaves many airline workers evaluating their short and long-term career options. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) may be an employment solution for some…

British Airways, like other carriers around the world, have been struck by the pandemic. Photo: British Airways

Jobs with the NHS?

According to the BBC, England’s NHS may start hiring airline staff who have found themselves out of a job. There seems to be sufficient crossover for the plan to work. In fact its chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, says this move would fill a gap in nurse numbers, telling members of the UK Parliament that airlines had hired nurses from the NHS to work as cabin crew in the early 2000s.

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Flag carrier British Airways has already furloughed 23,000 workers and has plans to cut 12,000 jobs. Photo: Geoff Caddick Press Association via British Airways

A 40,000-nursing staff gap

The BBC reports that the NHS in England currently has a nursing staff gap of 40,000. Sir Simon wants to see 50,000 nurses join the service. Given the tremendous shortfall in healthcare staff and the current oversupply of cabin crew, it seems like a straightforward and synergistic situation.

In fact, Britain’s largest carrier, British Airways, is seriously considering cutting 12,000 jobs. Furthermore, with Virgin Atlantic’s Gatwick base closure, 3,000 jobs have already been cut from the airline founded by Sir Richard Branson. Then we have to consider other airlines with bases and extensive operations in the UK, such as easyJet and Ryanair.

Not all the job cuts reported are cabin crew. Indeed, numbers released by airlines include everything from check-in and ticketing agents to ground crew. However, a significant portion will certainly be flight attendants.

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Virgin has said it won’t fly until at least August. Photo: Getty Images

Will it work?

There are certainly a few things to consider with this plan. The biggest factor is whether or not airline cabin crew will even want to transition into the health care sector. Indeed, while some crossover exists in terms of requiring a good “bedside manner” and hospitality skills, there is also a sizeable knowledge gap between the two fields. However, many cabin crew are already trained to perform basic first aid and CPR – which helps the situation slightly.

Of course, some airline cabin crew may already be working with the NHS. At the end of March, we reported that the NHS was aiming to put Virgin Atlantic and easyJet staff to work at its Nightingale hospitals as part of the fight against coronavirus.

“We are very proud of our highly skilled people at Virgin Atlantic and since the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was announced, we have been inundated with our employees looking to help other organisations at this time of crisis. The NHS approached us with this unique opportunity as they recognise the value and experience our medically trained cabin crew and trainers will bring to the incredible Nightingale Hospital initiative.” – Corneel Koster, Chief Customer Officer at Virgin Atlantic

Conclusion

We will be very keen to see how this plan unfolds and if airline cabin crew will jump at any opportunities presented by the NHS. While it may not be the career path they initially signed up for, many experts are predicting difficult economic times ahead. Thus, a job offer of any sort may be better than no job at all.

Do you think UK-based cabin crew will want to transition into work at the NHS? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Spirit Investigates As Passenger Spotted Using Questionable Mask

As airports and airlines around the world are now instituting mandatory face mask policies, travelers have had to…

Spirit Investigates As Passenger Spotted Using Questionable Mask

As airports and airlines around the world are now instituting mandatory face mask policies, travelers have had to comply by obtaining their own supplies. The overwhelming majority of airlines note that any type of ‘face-covering’ is sufficient, often mentioning scarves as suitable substitutes for a proper mask. However, one man has tested the limits of Spirit Airlines’ face-covering policy by donning women’s underwear…

The incident took place at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Photo: Getty Images

Pushing the limits of ‘face coverings’

About 10 days ago, Spirit Airlines instituted a mandatory face mask policy onboard its flights. The airline’s position, posted on its website, reads:

“To protect the health and safety of our Guests and Team Members, Spirit requires appropriate face coverings during travel. Children aged 2 and under, as well as children who cannot maintain a face covering, will be exempt.”

Unfortunately, some travelers interpreted the term ‘appropriate face covering’ to include women’s underwear. Now, Spirit Airlines is investigating the incident, which took place recently during a flight out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Reaction to the incident

People took to Twitter, reacting to the absolutely bizarre and absurd news.

We almost daily reach another level of stupid in this country…. writes one user. Another individual commented by saying “It was only a matter of time really.”

Spirit Airlines’ acknowledges the incident, saying that it has taken action internally to ensure further compliance with CDC-issued guidance. It goes on to say,

“Agents screen Guests during the boarding process to ensure they have an appropriate mask or face covering consistent with CDC guidelines. Our Flight Attendants also respectfully inform Guests of the policy in line with existing guidelines for managing Guest conduct.”

The airline further emphasizes that taking care of its Guests and Team Members is and has always been an absolute priority. In addition to the face-covering requirement, Spirit Airlines also implemented enhanced cleaning procedures, and the use of HEPA filters onboard its aircraft.

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Face masks have increasingly become a requirement at airports and on aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

Funny, but not funny…

We’ve already seen a wide variety of strange and inventive ways that people are coping with the threat of airborne infection. Photos shared on the internet have ranged from water-jug face shields to face masks made out of bras and birthday party hats. While some methods may be considered inventive and effective, others seem to flout health and safety regulations. This most recent case aboard a Spirit Airlines flight is most certainly the latter.

Indeed, if we examine this from a technical point of view, the underwear worn is a piece of cloth covering the face. However, common sense should dictate that the point of a face covering is to limit the spread of droplets emitted during talking, sneezing, and coughing. The type of fabric and the loose fit of the underwear’s cut clearly does not contain germs.

Therefore, this stunt could very well have put lives at risk and spread the virus further at a time when it is still not under control in many parts of the United States.

What do you think about this incident? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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