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Air France pilots are asking to be placed on the list of priority people to be vaccinated against Covid-19. They threaten to no longer accept flights to countries at risk, such as India or Brazil, if their request is not granted.
Some pilotsAir France threaten not to accept flights to India, Brazil or South Africa if they are not vaccinated quickly against Covid-19. Frédéric Bonhomme, long-haul pilot, makes two stopovers per week in India, and fears being contaminated on each trip. “When we arrive at our destination in India, we spend 48 hours on site at the hotel, we go through the airport, we are in contact with the airport staff, police, customs, etc., we go to the hotel. by bus, the buses are not necessarily disinfected, we have to contract the virus and especially to bring it home in France“, he believes.
According to the Air France pilots’ union, pilots and flight personnel, ie 12,000 people, must be vaccinated as a priority. “In an airplane cockpit, we are on top of each other, we sleep in the same bunks, it is very complicated to ensure our own protection“, explains Philippe Evain, pilot, who adds that pilots do not have a PCR test on the outward or return trip in most cases. The Ministry of Transport is awaiting the green light from the Ministry of Health to integrate the profession. to the list of priority people.