The Nigerian Minister of Aviation explained why social media is not observed in aircrafts after the resumption of flights amid the pandemic .
Senator Hadi Sirika spoke as he embarked on a journey to the Mallam Aminu Kano international Airport go assess the irritation of the airport for resumption of flights.
The Minister assured Nigerians it’s safer on the cabin than hospital theatre because of the purifying procedures,he added added that the non-adherence to physical distancing was responsible for the ‘affordable’ ticket fare.
“Because of the nature of the airplane, the airplane is hygienic enough once you have your mask, you are safe to remain seated on your seat and where possible, we will keep the distance.
“Airplanes are designed in such a way that the ambient air at altitudes is clean. It is not contaminated. The air is dropped in the aircrafts, pressurised and because of pressurization, the temperature of the air goes up to 200 degrees which is twice boiling water and there is no bacteria or virus that can survive it and it is suddenly cooled to about 2 degrees centigrate and then it is passed to a filter.
“Passing through the filtration system ensures that every single organism is screened and then it is passed to the cabin and once it is passed through the cabin, it comes from the ceiling downwards.
“So, it is not coming from the cockpit to the rear, it is from the ceiling downwards and it drops on the floor and gets circulated.
“With this mechanism in place, everything will be safe provided that we are decontaminating the airplane before we enter and decontaminating after we leave and also cleaning all the possible surfaces that one will touch.”
Airports opened in the country July 8th after the Coronavirus lockdown restriction on flights was eased.