Covid-19 is one of the most hazardous pandemics of mankind’s history. However, the trajectory of the virus spread is declining with certain regional variations. When in the initial stage, Covid-19 was spreading through the International airlines rapidly. But after a massive vaccination program and other cautionary measures, the world is reopening, so do the aviation industry. However, the airlines are flying with the strict protocol that has been formulated on a risk-based approach. Airlines are flying with the utmost care and precautions after conducting proper risk profiling of the passengers at every point of entrance.
Precautionary Guidelines Takes by Airlines after Covid-19 Spread
While ensuring that all the government mandates are followed properly, the airlines are flying with a stern overseeing if all the precautions and safety protocols are followed efficiently or not. These precautions at different stages of travel include:
1: During Travel Planning
- When planning the travel, all the travelers need to:
- The travel details of the last 14 days.
- A negative COVID-19 RTPCR report, which should be conducted not more than 72 hours before the flight0boarding.
- Declaration of the authenticity of the report, knowing that they will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
- Travelers need to submit an undertaking through the concerned airline, which states that they would abide by the decision of the government authority to undergo home or institutional quarantine, self-health monitoring as instructed.
- Travelers from a few specified countries based on the Covid-19 outbreak in those countries will be identified for the additional follow-up.
2: Before Boarding the Flights
Before the final on-board, the airlines are issuing the ensuring the below-given precautionary steps:
- Before boarding a flight, the travelers coming from a country more vulnerable to the Covid-19 risk will have to undergo post-arrival testing and quarantine if tested negative.
- Also, they will need to follow the stringent isolation protocol.
- Airlines are providing Dos and Don’ts along with the travel ticket.
- Checking self-declaration form along with the negative RT-PCR test.
- Conducting thermal screening of the passenger at the time of boarding and allowing only those passengers who are asymptomatic.
- Instruct passengers to download the COVID-19 safety applications.
- If a traveler is found positive, they will be barred from traveling and act according to the defined safety protocols.
3: Precautions during Travel
During the travel, the airlines are conducting the below-given procedures to ensure optimal health safety and hygiene:
- Announcement of the covid-19 precautionary measures at airports and in flights, and during transit.
- Overseeing if all the cautionary measures are taken by the passengers or not.
- The in-flight crew ensures that the appropriate behavior is followed throughout the journey.
- If a passenger is showing the symptoms, he/she will be isolated as per the protocol. The basic travel instructions may include:
- Wear your mask at all times properly to cover your nose and mouth and change it when it becomes damp.
- During the flight, avoid excessive movement and congregating when waiting to use the restroom.
- If you become ill while traveling, notify the crew and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Hands should be washed or sanitized often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially after coming into contact with surfaces that are often touched.
- After the plane has landed in the parking lot, take your time to de-board. Maintain the same level of hand hygiene and physical separation.
- Assisting passengers with the relevant help in the hours of the need.
Once the passengers arrive at their destination airport, the airline crew will assist them with the de-boarding process, ensuring that proper physical distancing is maintained. Besides, a certain percentage of the travelers coming from countries that are at a high risk of Covid-19 will be identified by the concerned airlines for random post-arrival testing. Besides, they are also identifying the contacts of the suspect case, who are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3rows behind, along with identified Cabin Crew. Limiting their contact with fellow passengers is also an important task that airlines are ensuring during and after travel.
When the aviation industry is rejuvenating itself after the COVID-19 strike, it is leaving no stone unturned to ensure optimal health and sanitization measures.