- Coronavirus and Travel: Airlines and Airports Have Taken Multiple Measures to Ensure Your Safety
We understand that you might have a few concerns if you’re travelling to another country during the pandemic. This ready reckoner will acquaint you with all the measures that the international airlines and the airports across the world are taking, to ensure you have a safe trip.
- Installing HEPA Filters
The air in the planes is thoroughly filtered via High Efficiency Particular Air (HEPA) Filters. These filters in the aircraft remove dust particles and airborne contaminants such as viruses and bacteria. Through these filters, that perform at a similar level as those used in hospital operating rooms and industrial rooms, the air is filtered numerous times during your flight.
- Making Hand Sanitizes Available
You will be able to spot hand sanitizers easily, throughout most airports, like at check-in counters, immigration and security check-points, departure areas and lounges, boarding gates, and arrival areas. Some airlines also include hand sanitizers in their amenity kits. We urge you to use hand sanitizers frequently.
- Checking Your Temperature
Your temperature is checked by airlines and airports upon departure and arrival. To reduce the chances of people with symptoms entering an airport or boarding a plane, temperature screenings and individual checks are performed through boarding and departure, and upon arrival.
- Cleaning the Aircrafts Thoroughly and Frequently
Most airlines have doubled their cleaning efforts. This includes strict disinfection of surfaces and fixtures, such as overhead compartments, television screens, meal trays, seats and arm-rests, done by professionals using quality cleaning and disinfectant products.
- Encouraging you to Maintain Social Distancing
Most airlines have arranged seating in a way that ensures maximum distance between passengers. Additionally, when queuing, the airport and airline staff will instruct you to keep your distance, as per WHO guidelines. We request you to follow these instructions for your safety and the safety of those around you.
- Maintaining Aircraft Ventilation
Aeroplanes draw in fresh air from outside and discharge used air out of the aircraft throughout the flight, to ensure a constant flow of fresh air.
- Modifying In-flight Services
Most airlines have suspended certain in-flight services to ensure minimum contact. Most common practices are suspension of hot-towels, pillows, blanket services and catering services.
- Requiring Health Declaration Forms
Most airlines will request you to fill the detailed health declaration forms which include providing your recent travel history. Subsequently, high-risk cases are referred to the relevant authorities. We urge you to fill correct information for your safety and the safety of those around you.