Emirates introduces measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 on scheduled flights

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All passengers will be given a hygiene pack. (Courtesy of Emirates)
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Face masks and protective gloves will have to be worn at all times. (Courtesy of Emirates)
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Boarding will be carried out on a row-by-row basis. (Courtesy of Emirates)
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Updated 21 May 2020

Emirates introduces measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 on scheduled flights

  • Check-in counters will have a shield between the staff and customers
  • Thermal cameras are in operation in the transit areas

DUBAI: UAE airline, Emirates has unveiled a series of precautionary measures that took effect from Thursday, as regular scheduled flights to some destinations resumed.

The new measures introduced include complimentary hygiene kits for all passengers, staggered boarding, carried out on a row-by-row basis – and all flights over one-and-a-half hours will have a  cabin service assistant (CSA), who will ensure the toilets are cleaned every 45 minutes.

Other measures include a series of precautions for transit passengers in Dubai, ensuring strict social distancing and the distribution of additional hygiene kits and all passengers and crew will be expected to wear masks and gloves at all times.

“The risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is already very low, but we have spared no effort in reviewing and redesigning every step, from check-in to disembarkation,” said Adel Al-Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer.

“Every measure implemented is an additional reduction in risk, and taken altogether, our aim is really to make flying as safe as possible.”

Also all of Emirates’ aircraft have been fitted with air filters which remove nearly all viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs from the cabin.

And each aircraft will undergo an enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes to ensure safety and proper sanitation once they have landed in Dubai.


Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Updated 03 August 2020

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

  • Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004

SHANGHAI: Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on its patents.
The company is calling for $1.43 billion in damages and demands that Apple cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post.
Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.
The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.
Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology. In July, China’s Supreme People’s court ruled that the patent was valid.