A pilot who returned from a working trip to London recently tested positive for the new variant coronavirus. This UK variant is said to be 70% more infectious than the original coronavirus.
From the above experience, all crew operating the London flights will have to be swab tested on arrival into Singapore. On top of that, the said crew will undergo another swab test on the third and seventh day after his or her London trip. Meanwhile, the crew will have to self-isolate for seven days. Only after testing negative on the seventh day then the crew would be allowed to leave his home.
The nasal swab test is uncomfortable and to some it may be painful. I was thinking how many of us would not mind to be tested 3 times within a period of seven days.
The way I look at the whole thing, some crew particularly the cabin crew may quit the job instead of having to go through the ordeal of having his or nasal "explored" now and then. Besides, the risk of getting infected when coming into contact with passengers or night stopping in some high risk countries is higher as a crew.
Therefore, I would not be surprise to see some crew leaving the airline in the coming weeks and months.