British Airways cabin crew have expressed concerns they may have contracted the coronavirus while operating long haul flights over the past two weeks, according to reports.
Unions have demanded airlines do more to minimise the exposure of staff, and BA has insisted it has taken steps to reduce contact between customers and crew, with personal protective gear such as masks and gloves available.
However, pilots and cabin crews from BA have accused the airline of being slow to take action to protect them from the virus, according to the BBC.
One pilot reportedly said equipment was not always accessible and that staff sometimes travelled “shoulder-to-shoulder” on buses at airports.
The airline is still operating some flights to destinations including New York, which has seen more than 6,000 deaths as a result of Covid-19 and is now the epicentre of the US.
In a statement, BA said: “We follow all the guidance from the UK government and global health authorities, including Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.
“We have taken several steps to greatly reduce contact between customers and crew, and personal protective equipment is available to them.
“Like other forms of transport we are keeping vital links open – repatriating customers and ensuring key supplies like medicines and food are flown in. Our teams are doing an amazing job.”