Social Distancing Onboard
Effective immediately, all airlines under the Malaysia Aviation Group – Malaysia Airlines, MASwings and Firefly, will comply to the latest regulation as gazetted by the Federal Government of Malaysia on total number of passengers allowed to be carried onboard.
As stipulated under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Infected Local Areas) (No. 5) Regulations 2020, dated 3rd May 2020, point number 8 (1) states that:
A holder of any land, sea or air public transport licence or permit to carry passengers shall ensure that the public transport relating to his licence or permit does not carry more than half of the total maximum capacity of the number of passengers that may be carried on board the public transport for each journey.
The regulation is supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport, which has imposed airlines to implement the following from check-in process at the airport all through boarding and onboard:
i. Observe one metre distancing between passengers;
ii. Create line marking for social distancing;
iii. Ensure empty seating between passengers;
iv. Disallow passenger seat preference block.
However, as per the latest Standard Operating Procedures (No. 2) issued by the Director General of Health Malaysia dated 9th May 2020, the mandatory inflight social distancing are exempted for the following flights:
i. All scheduled flights from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak, including charter flights meant for Sabah and Sarawak students returning to their home states. In addition, the allowable number of passengers per flight is revised from 50% up to a maximum of 66.6%, of the total number of passenger seats depending on the aircraft type utilized for all scheduled flights from Sabah and Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.
ii. All inbound and outbound international charter flights meant for the repatriation of Malaysian nationals back to Malaysia or foreigners back to their home country. This exception shall also apply on any international and domestic charter flights operated using scheduled flight numbers, as approved by relevant Malaysian regulators.
All passengers are required to bring and wear their own protective masks before boarding and throughout the duration of the flight (except during meal times).
Last updated 16 May 2020, 1230hrs (GMT+8)