Airlines stop inflight services to step up fight on coronavirus.

Passengers on some flights to China will have to make do without hot meals, blankets or newspapers as airlines stop inflight services to contain the coronavirus.

China Airlines is encouraging passengers to bring their own drink bottles and replacing some items with disposables. The sale of duty-free items has also been suspended.

Mandarin Airlines have stopped serving hot meals and replaced napkins with paper towels. The airline has also stopped providing blankets, pillows, towels, magazines, and newspapers while beverages and headphones are only available upon request.

Tigerair Taiwan has emptied the seat back pocket and will only contain the aircraft safety card and sickness bag.

Thai Airways will spray disinfecting passenger cabin and cockpit of all flights returning from China and high-risk countries. Inflight entertainment LCD screens will be deep cleaned every flight before departure.

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are now allowing cabin crew to wear mask on flights to China, while American Airlines provides hand sanitiser wipes for flight attendants to use on flights to China.

Meanwhile, Swiss International Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Jetstar Asia, Air Tanzania, Air India, Lion Air, Air Seoul, United Airlines and British Airways have suspended flights to China.

[Update 04 Feb] Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon has temporary modified inflight service to mainland China flights including suspending trolley services in First and Business Class and serving meals on a single tray and providing disposable snack bag in Premium Economy and Economy Class. Hot towels, pillows, blankets, magazines and inflight duty-free sales have also been temporarily suspended across all cabin classes.

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