Trade groups IATA and Airports Council International
have unveiled what they are calling a roadmap of temporary health safety
measures for the restart of mass air transport.
“The roadmap aims to provide the confidence that governments
will need to enable the reopening of borders to passenger travel and the
confidence that travelers will need to return to flying,” IATA said.
The groups emphasized that collaboration across the industry,
including between governments, will be key.
The roadmap covers the entire travel journey. Ahead of
flights, the groups advocate the collection of more robust passenger
information than in the past, including health information, which can be used
for tracing purposes.
At departure airports, the groups called for a prohibition,
even in landside areas, of anyone who isn’t traveling or working, with the
exception of people accompanying minors or disabled passengers.
Temperature screenings should be conducted at entry by
government agencies. Face coverings should be required. Social distancing
should be maintained. Self-service check-in options should be made as robust as
possible, including remote check-in. Boarding should be made as efficient as
possible via carry-on baggage limitations and reconfiguration of gate areas.
Hand sanitizers should be widely available. And cleaning protocols should be
In-flight, the groups called for uniform mask requirements
for passengers and crew. Cabin service should be simplified, including
pre-packaged catering only. Lavatory lines should be prohibited. Cleaning
should be enhanced.
At arrivals airports, the groups called for increased use of
automation by customs and border patrol authorities, include mobile
applications and biometrics. Baggage claim needs to be speedy to reduce
congestion. And the groups called for governments and airports to eliminate rescreenings
for transferring passengers where possible.
The groups said that they don’t support Covid-19 testing
pre-flight until it becomes more reliable. Similarly, they did not endorse
immunity passports but said they would if evidence becomes clearer that
individuals who have had the virus obtain immunity.