How air travel will change after coronavirus?
As the world slowly eases its way out of the Covid-19 lockdown, we're on the verge of a new era in air travel.
Here are some changes we may expect:
- Preflight health tests might become the new normal.
- Temperature checks might become the norm.
- Face masks become a requirement.
- Several airlines have introduced full body PPE suits for cabin crew.
- Dogs could be trained to smell the coronavirus on travelers, even if they aren't showing any symptoms.
- Airplane design might incorporate social-distancing measures in the future.
- Full-body disinfection booths could become common, as could cleaning robots.
- Bags may need to get sanitized separately.
- Hot meals may be a thing of the past.
- People may be required to show up four hours prior to departure.
- Plexiglass shields will probably be everywhere. Everything could become touch-free.
- In general, social-distancing measures and the costs of prevention could make airfare rise.
"There may be a bit more focus on premium products, providing people with the ability to be alone" - said Alex Dichter, senior partner at McKinsey & Company.
Dichter expects positive reaction from passengers to the middle seat experiments that some airlines are launching. Some airlines are making passengers pay extra to keep the middle seat free, others just leave middle seats empty.
All-in-all flying will be surely very much different than in the golden age of aviation.
Source: CNN.com, insider.com