İrem UZUN -TDO- The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a joint document defining measures to assure the health safety of air travellers and aviation personnel once airlines resume regular flight schedules following the severe disruption caused by COVID-19.
According to guidelines, air travellers will have to wear face masks throughout all stages of their journey, they could be assessed in interview booths if they show signs of COVID-19 and no one will not be able to enter the airport except the passengers. Instructions also include restrictions on hand luggage, reserving an on-board toilet for cabin crew and no onboard duty free or food trolleys.
EASA also recommends “respiratory etiquette”, such as covering the face when sneezing. Those who do not comply could be ejected from the airport and suffer further penalties from local authorities. According to the Guardian, physical distancing is defined as 1.5m. However, physical distancing is unlikely to be feasible in many airports. If the 1.5m rule is not possible, the airport should implement additional measures such as hand hygiene. As in many shops and offices, there will be floor markings to show people where to stand in queues.
This protocol is the blueprint for safe air travel, from the moment of arrival at the departure airport right through to leaving the airport at the destination,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. ECDC is continuously monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and will update the guidelines as new epidemiological information, testing and treatment modalities become available.