Yesterday, I wrote how Greece has suspended flights between Greece and Qatar after 12 of the 91 passengers on a Qatar Airways flight (from Doha) tested positive this week. As a result, all the passengers are in quarantine.
Qatar Airways Says All Passengers Were “Suitable”
As I said, the 12 passengers had all been transit passengers in Doha (Qatar Airways is one of the few airlines that has continued flying to Greece). Still, this was not good news for Qatar Airways as the world begins to restart travel – they delivered 12 passengers to a country that all tested positive on arrival.
Except, Qatar Airways put out a statement saying that all the passengers had been screened according to health protocols and found suitable to continue travel. It should be noted that they were not tested for COVID-19 in Doha but went through whatever health protocols Qatar Airways has established.
“When they arrived in Doha and before boarding the flight to Athens, all passengers were tested according to the procedures and established health protocols and were found suitable to continue their journey” according to the statement from Qatar Airways.
So, they apparently did not have any obvious symptoms when they transited but they arrived in Greece positive with the virus. But, they certainly had the virus as they did not pick it up in the 5 hour journey from Doha to Athens. Qatar Airways says they will work with Greece and the countries from where these passengers had originated (9 were Pakistani nationals that are Greek residents, 2 were Greek citizens from Australia and one was from a Japanese-Greek family).
This could be an early warning of a problem coming for airlines like Qatar Airways. Currently, they have screening in place that just missed 12 passengers with the virus. This could make many countries nervous allowing airlines like them deliver passengers to their countries.