Passengers flying with Qatar Airways are being required to wear face shields in addition to face masks.

The new regulation is outlined on the Gulf carrier’s website.

The carrier states: “We require passengers to wear a face shield at all times, from boarding to disembarkation at your destination.”

The face shields will be handed out at the airline’s Hamad international airport in Doha or at boarding gates.

They are in addition to the need for passengers to wear a face covering at all times.

Outlining new health and safety measures, the carrier said: “To ensure the highest levels of hygiene onboard, economy class passengers are required to wear their face shield visor in addition to their face mask or covering throughout the flight, except when they are served their meals or drinks.

“Business class customers are asked to wear their face shield and mask onboard at their own discretion, as they enjoy more space and privacy.”

Qatar Airways also recommends passengers arrive at the airport at least three hours before departure and maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres, especially during check-in and boarding.

All arrivals and departures from Doha will be screened fro Covid-19 symptoms.

Advanced thermal screening helmets are also used by ground staff, equipped with infrared thermal imaging and artificial intelligence.

Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the safety of our passengers has been our highest priority.

“By introducing these additional onboard safety and hygiene measures, our customers can rely on us and our unparalleled expertise to fly them safely to their destination.

“As the largest international airline flying consistently throughout the pandemic, we have become one of the most experienced in safety and hygiene.

“We will continue to lead the industry in terms of the services offered to our passengers, so that they can travel with confidence.”