by Damilola Jagun
According to AFP, some Air France flight officials are refusing and hesistant to board planes flying to Ebola affected countries like Nigeria Guinea, and Sierra-Leone.
The report stated that cabin crew scheduled to work on some flights “have not wanted to carry out their assignment”.
Sophie Gorins, the Secretary-general of the SNPNC, the body which represents cabin crew said, “We know that our jobs put us at risk, but they are measured risks. This is completely out of control and the information is not the same from one day to the next.”
According to her, “the hygiene measures implemented aboard the planes so far are “stop-gap” and the crew has “no idea if we are carrying a victim or if we ourselves are carriers of the virus.”
Air France’s flight Protocol states that flight crews can request to be withdrawn from a scheduled flight if they believe their health or life is in grave and imminent danger, with the team then usually replaced by a reserve team.
Meanwhile, on Monday, 18 August, Air France union, SNGAF, commenced a petition geared towards the immediate end to flights to countries hit by the Ebola virus.