Dubai-based Emirates has implemented new, temporary precautionary measures in a bid to reduce risk of spreading virus by touch. As such, for the time being, Emirates will not be letting passengers bring their cabin baggage on board on flights.

The only exceptions apply to carry-on items including handbag, briefcase, baby items and laptop. All other items have to be checked in. Don't worry about exceeding your baggage allowance - Emirates has made it clear the airline will add customers' cabin baggage allowance to their check-in baggage allowance.

Similarly, customers can expect some other changes aboard when they fly with Emirates. Magazines and print reading material will not be available for now while food and beverages will be served in bento-style boxes to minimize contact between Emirates' crew and customers during meal service.

All travelers and employees are required to have their temperature taken by thermal scanners as well as put on their masks and gloves at Dubai International Airport as of now. Of course, travelers have to maintain a safety distance from one another during check-in and boarding. Those aren't the only changes, though.

All Emirates passengers will have to continue wearing their gloves and masks throughout their trip right from the time they check-in for their flight at the airport until they disembark the aircraft at their destination airport. Also, when on board, passengers have to observe physical distancing protocols and sit at their pre-allocated seats.

While all these measures may seem like a hindrance to some, the carrier is doing all it can to keep its customers and crew safe. Everyone has to play their part in order to defeat COVID-19 so normalcy can be returned to us as soon as possible. As of time of writing, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide stands at 2,637,314 while the death toll has reached 183,559, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Denise Bay is a staff writer at Email: