Indonesia will step up checks on pilots and crew arriving from abroad to anticipate the swine flu threat, a Jakarta international airport official said.
"Tightened control will especially be done at international airports such as the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta," the administrator of the Soekarno-Hatta airport, Edward A Silooy, said here on Monday.
He said checks would be done using a body scanner on pilots and crew before they leave the airport. "The checks will be a must for pilots and crew," he said.
A pilot was found infected with a swine flu after visiting several foreign countries recently.
Silooy said pilots and air crew were vulnarable to spread of a swine flu virus particularly those serving overseas routes.
"The move is taken to anticipate spread of the virus through pilots and air crew. They are vulnarable to swine flu infection. The tightening of health checks will be done continuously to prevent spread of the virus," he said.
Transport minister Jusman Syafii Djamal said after a coordination meeting on people`s welfare that he would notify pilots and crew serving countries affected by the virus to increase caution.
"We will send a notice to airman and an announcement to shipping crew to be more alert towards the disease and to ask passengers to fill in health alert cards," he said.
Air and shipping crew from infected countries also have to ask their passengers to follow flu control procedures set by the government including scanning at airport and wearing a mask minimally three days after arrival, he said.
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