Contact tracing, temperature checks and masks: airline industry outlines new norms

Reported By: Allison Lampert and Jamie Freed

MONTREAL/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Airlines and airports are recommending a layered approach to temporary safety measures as air travel restarts, warning that no single measure can mitigate all of the risks during the pandemic, according to a briefing document seen by Reuters.

The plan laid out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International to reassure governments it is safe for the public to fly includes contact tracing, temperature screening, social distancing, extra cleaning and wearing masks.

“Successfully restarting air passenger travel while restoring confidence in the safety of air travel are vital pre-requisites to enabling the global economy to recover from COVID-19,” the groups said in the document, which has not been made public. “In normal times, aviation delivers $2.7 trillion in global GDP contribution.”

IATA and ACI declined to comment specifically on the document but both said they were working with industry partners on a consistent global approach.

Many airlines and airports around the world are implementing measures such as requiring masks and leaving middle seats empty, in some cases due to government requirements.

The industry supports reliable COVID-19 testing, but at the moment virus and antibody tests are not a viable solution at airports and there is no confirmed evidence yet that antibodies confer immunity, according to the IATA and ACI document.

Should health-screening measures be necessary, it should be done long before passengers arrive at the airport, the document said.

Temperature checks on airport entry and exit are not likely to prove 100% effective because they may miss mild cases and those in the incubation period, but the measures could play a useful role in reassuring passengers and deter travel in the case of suspected infections, according to IATA and ACI.

Social and physical distancing should be limited to the initial restart phase because the measures will cap airport and aircraft capacity once travel demand grows, the document said.

Security and health screenings should be mutually recognised when possible so that transfer passengers do not need to line up and be re-screened, leading to additional human contact, IATA and ACI said.

“There is currently no single measure that could mitigate all the risks of restarting air travel,” the document concluded.

“However, we believe that an effective implementation on an outcome basis and layered approach, of the above-mentioned range of measures that are already possible, represents the most effective way of balancing risk mitigation with the need to unlock economies and to enable travel in the immediate term.”

(Reporting by Allison Lampert and Jamie Freed; additional reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago. Editing by Gerry Doyle)

Feature Image Credits: FILE PHOTO: An employee of Japan Airlines (JAL), wearing protective mask following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), scans the temperature to a passenger at the almost empty Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Discover

Bài Liên Quan

Airlines say ticket cancellations slowing; business models may change

(Reuters) - Top U.S. airlines and Air Canada on Tuesday reported slower ticket cancellations and an improvement in bookings on some routes,...

Eyebrows 101

Eyebrows that are "absolutely perfect" allow you to shape your face and let your beauty shine. Here’s how to get the brows that...

Mining companies rush to shield indigenous communities from coronavirus

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Big mining companies that rely on indigenous workforces or operate near remote communities have acted fast to curb the...

Scar of Life

Scar of Life is a charity that provides surgeries for poor children with heart disease. The...

U.S. commission says Taiwan’s WHO exclusion caused lives to be lost

Reporting by: Reuters TAIPEI (Reuters) - Lives have been lost in the coronavirus pandemic because of the World Health...

COVID-19 and its lessons for business about supply chain management.

Recently, the severe and complicated COVID-19 pandemic has devastatingly affected global economic activities. In response to the disease, many nations have been on lockdown...

Visiting Pagodas at Tet

In the first days of the Lunar New Year, Vietnamese go to the pagoda to pray for a peaceful and prosperous year...