Several countries have begun to lift their confinement measures, which also produces the reactivation of air transport to some destinations, although some people say they will avoid traveling for some time.
In this sense, the International Air Transport Association, IATA for its acronym in English, has presented some recommendations for passengers and airline personnel, which include the necessary biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of contagion.
In the list of measures for the prevention of Covid-19, IATA proposes that governments collect data from travelers, such as their health status before approving their boat.
In the airport
- Access to the terminal should be limited only to airport or airline employees and passengers.
- Taking body temperature at the access points to the terminal.
- There will be physical distancing throughout all the passenger care processes.
- The use of a mask and the continuous use of hand sanitizer will be mandatory.
- Self-service for check-in, self-service luggage with labels printed from home and self-boarding.
- New design of the boarding gates to reduce crowds.
- Limitation of hand luggage.
- Cleaning and disinfection of highly contagious surfaces.
- Face shields and face shields for all passengers and crew.
- Prepackaged food and beverage service to reduce interaction between travelers and cabin crew.
- No queuing to enter the bathroom.
- Deep cabin cleaning before and after each flight.
At the destination airport
- Taking body temperature before entering the country.
- Automated control in customs through mobile applications and biometric technology.
- Reduce lines by streamlining the baggage claim process.
- Request a traveler’s health affidavit and make an effective follow-up contact.
IATA indicates that the risk of contagion on a flight is quite low, if passengers and cabin personnel follow these indications. Which raises hope that restrictions on commercial flights around the world will be lifted. It should be noted that the control and reduction of the virus will be the positive indicator for the reactivation of air transport.