Doug Bedell — July 3, 2020, 8:49 am

Making Airline Travel Safe From COVID-19


Three federal agencies – the Department of Transportation, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services – have issued joint guidance “for airlines and airports to mitigate the public health risks of Coronavirus”. It’s called “Runway to Recovery,” and is aimed at “facilitating safe air travel”.

“The guidelines call for public health measures to be implemented at each step in the air travel process, including before, during, and after the flight to minimize the chance for transmission of the virus. Some of the recommendations for airlines and airports include:

“Create barriers to disease transmission;
“Increase social distancing measures;
“Minimize points of contact with surfaces and people;
“Ensure cleanliness of all areas with potential for human contact;
“Know how passengers arriving on international flights can be reached if exposed to COVID-19; and
“Specialized training for aviation workers, especially airline crews.”

May the guidelines be observed and produce confidence-building results among potential airline travelers.

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