Because of the current health emergency, many airlines and airports have announced measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Among them, they showed that they will be flexible to make flight changes, after many countries have closed their borders.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that it has closely followed the development of this virus and that it is working hand in hand with the WHO (World Health Organization), to limit the risk of exporting or import the coronavirus. In relation to this, they have issued a series of measures and recommendations that airlines must follow amid the virus, such as cabin announcements, public health cards and security measures for all airline and airport personnel.
In the case of El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá. Thermal cameras have been installed in the immigration zone. These devices take users’ temperatures remotely and with great precision, without the need to be operated by health personnel, which avoids first-degree contact, reducing the possibility of contagion if it were the case of any virus.
Aeroméxico is one airline that has taken this measure to implement the use of thermal scanners, in addition to applying viral disinfectants throughout the interior of their aircraft and placing envelopes with antibacterial gel on each seat for the use of passengers and staff. crew.
Air Canada announced that in addition to following the indications of the WHO and the health authorities regarding the coronavirus, they have real-time information on viruses and infectious diseases around the world, so they can “make the best decisions in the best moment”.
If an infected passenger is detected, airline personnel can take the person to medical service, and if there is reason to believe that they cannot travel, it denies them boarding.
Other airlines such as Air France, LATAM Airlines and American Airlines have reduced their flight capacity by 75% to 90% for at least two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Airlines have implemented all the recommendations on health and hygiene of the WHO and national and international authorities, so that cleaning procedures have been reinforced on all surfaces.
Additionally, crew members are forced to wear masks. If there should be contact with sick passengers, health problems or bodily secretions, crew members should wear protective clothing from the Universal Caution Kit, as well as wear gloves and discard them when passing from one passenger to another.
Many of the aircraft that are active are equipped with HEPA air filters, which remove particles in the air from microscopic bacteria and groups of viruses, so the cabin air is changed completely every three minutes on average, reducing the risk probabilities.
In the event that a person with coronavirus symptoms is detected inside an airplane, airlines have a protocol to notify the airport where they are going to land, so that the health authorities carry out the necessary tests and take letters in the matter