CORONAVIRUS/CAL co-pilot to be punished for breaking COVID-19 protocols

Taipei,  A co-pilot of one of Taiwan’s two main air carriers, China Airlines (CAL), has been found to have breached COVID-19 home quarantine rules by going out, for which he will be punished, CAL said Tuesday.

An initial investigation found that the co-pilot arrived in Taiwan Nov. 13, 2020 after completing a cargo flight from San Francisco to Taipei and was found to have gone out Nov. 15 to play golf when he should have been at home undergoing his three-day COVID-19 quarantine, the airline said.

In addition, the co-pilot is reported to have gone shopping Dec. 27 after another flight, while he was required to be conducting self-health management for seven days after being released from quarantine.

The co-pilot, who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 22 after a cargo flight from Anchorage to Taipei, was allowed to go out after completing three days of home quarantine, although the following seven-day self-health management meant that he was required to avoid crowded venues and to wear a mask when outside.

CAL said the co-pilot has confessed to his misconduct, adding that the company will report the case to the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and will convene a disciplinary committee to determine his punishment.

According to CAL’s regulations on rewards and penalties, employees who violate its epidemic prevention measures could be suspended or even fired.

The CECC announced in late December that from Jan. 1, long-haul flight crews or flight crews that enter another country before returning to Taiwan must remain in quarantine for seven days, up from the previous three days for pilots and five days for cabin crew.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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