Curious about what it is like to fly now? The world’s airlines and airports have taken extra steps to protect passengers from infection in the coronavirus era. For starters, you will be asked to wear a mask in the airport, and in the plane, and all other airport employees and airline staff will also be wearing masks. As you go through security you are likely to have your temperature checked with a scanner by a TSA employee. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to board a plane – that’s one of many ways officials are making flying safer. Then in the planes themselves several important safety measures have been put in place to provide clean filtered air, and above average spacing.
This article summarizes the safety measures put in place by airlines and airports. When you fly next, you’ll notice changes in both airports and airlines, all designed to make flying safer. We will also share statements from the TDSA plus the CEOs of AA, Delta, and Jet Blue which detail the steps they are taking to protect their passengers. Please contact WIMCO’s Air Department for any questions about reserving flights, and about the low fares we are seeing for travel abroad.
Health procedures being recommended by Airlines for America, an airline industry group.
The industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers are voluntarily implementing temporary health acknowledgment policies Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines will require passengers to complete a simple health acknowledgment form during the check-in process – asking the traveler to confirm that they will bring a face covering and wear it at the airport, on the jet bridge and onboard the aircraft; confirming that the traveler is not experiencing a temperature of 38C/100.4F or higher, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle pain and/or sore throat; and asking the passenger to confirm that they have not had close contact with someone who tested positive or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days. These proactive preventative measures are designed to reduce the health risks when flying.
To make the experience of flying safer, all three parties are implementing measures to reduce the risk of infection.
TSA remains in close communication with medical professionals, the CDC, and various government agencies as they continue to carry out their important mission at airports. The TSA is taking the following steps to make your time in an airport safer:
Airlines for America (an airline industry association) announced that its member carriers are supporting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to begin checking the temperature of the traveling public and customer-facing employees as long as necessary during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis. This measure is now under consideration at the TSA.
Domestic and international airports are working to set-up new procedures to reduce the risk of infection in their airports:
Airlines understand that passengers need to feel that the environment in each plane is free from infectious diseases:
These airlines are taking steps to make flying safer in the coronavirus era. Click on the links below for details:
WIMCO’s Air Department is offering several programs to its clients to make international air travel safer and more comfortable in the coronavirus era. Contact us at email@example.com for details about these services.
A. What are airlines doing to make the environment inside airplanes safer in the coronavirus era? Read about air filtration and disinfection measures being implemented.
Delta is using a high-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant to wipe down surface areas in galleys and lavatories. The airline also started a “fogging process” that pushes out an EPA-registered disinfectant.
American Airlines and United Airlines said they are also using high-grade disinfectants and multipurpose cleaners on all surfaces. This includes window shades, armrests, and tray tables. Aircraft that remain overnight at an airport receive an enhanced cleaning procedure.
FAA Guidelines on airline cleanliness issued on April 17 – Provide sufficient quantities of cleaning and disinfectant products (e.g., disinfectant wipes) that are effective against COVID-19, compatible with aircraft for crew members to use on surfaces they touch frequently in the galley, in the passenger cabin, and on the flight deck. Increase the frequency of routine cleaning of the aircraft to focus on the most frequently touched surfaces per CDC’s Interim Guidance for Airline and Aircrew. After each flight, clean and disinfect surfaces in the galley, passenger cabin, and areas that are frequently touched by crew members, such as buttons and dials that control cabin lighting and temperature, safety demonstration equipment, phone handsets, and touchscreens. Use products that are effective against COVID-19, compatible with aircraft, and approved by the aircraft manufacturer for use on board the aircraft.
B. List of airports where international arrivals are being screened for the coronavirus. Effective on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports where health screen stations are set-up:
Upon arrival, travelers returning from abroad will proceed to the standard customs processing area. They will then continue to an “enhanced entry screening” area where each passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination. If travelers are coming from a designated coronavirus “hot spot” they may be asked to voluntarily home-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with CDC best practices.