Thai Airways International has increased passenger
screening procedures for flights from Cambodia.
The decision follows the news that a
passenger who was on board the Westerdam cruise ship that docked
in Sihanoukville, Cambodia has contracted the Coronavirus 2019
The Thai Ministry of Public Health has prohibited
passengers on board the Westerdam cruise ship from entering
Thailand for a quarantine period of 14 days commencing 14
February 2020. Out of concern for air transportation safety, Mr. Saksayam Chidchob,
Thailand's Transport Minister, has ordered that all air
prepare to screen passengers who traveled on the Westerdam cruise
ship and require entry into Thailand.
As such, Thai Airways has
increased screening procedures for passengers who disembarked from
the Westerdam cruise ship and transferred to a flight from Phnom
Penh, Cambodia to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai Airways says that the increased
passenger screening procedures on flights from Phnom Penh to Bangkok
will continue until 29 February 2020, as follows:
- Arrange for a special team to travel round trip on
the route Phnom Penh-Bangkok to observe symptoms and screen
passengers on the flights.
- Deny boarding if a passenger exhibits symptoms
or may be a potential disease carrier.
- Arrange a special seat for any passengers who
disembarked from the Westerdam cruise ship, quarantined away from other
- Once the flight has returned from Cambodia, the aircraft's
passenger cabin, cockpit, and 36 other areas must be disinfected
and undergo a deep
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