How are we going to fly when the pandemic emergency is over?
The EU has issued new guidelines to ensure the safety of air travel when airlines resume normal flights after the disruption caused by COVID-19.
For the sake of prevention, refrain from air travel if you do not feel healthy and/or have symptoms. Airport personnel may refuse to let you enter the airport or board the aircraft if you exhibit symptoms or do not follow their rules. Before you step into the terminal building your body temperature will be measured. People without an air ticket cannot enter at all, except if they have to escort somebody for any serious reason.
Keep physical distance from other travelers and follow all the rules (regarding hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and the use medical face masks) that have become self-evident recently. You must also be prepared to prove you are not infected by the coronavirus, and may be asked to provide contact information to allow for ‘track and trace’ if someone on a particular flight later tests positive for COVID-19.
Use online check-in and self-service baggage drop-off to reduce personal interactions. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from others throughout your trip, particularly in check-in and security screening areas in transit.
Airports are required to clean premises with disinfectants on a regular basis. Be patient!
If somebody produces symptoms on board the aircraft, s/he will be asked to sit in a window seat in the last row, and two rows will be cleared of other passengers. If someone refuses to wear a face mask, the flight will not be disrupted, but the person will be handed over to the authorities upon arrival. Both onboard services and the movement of passengers will be restricted to the absolute minimum necessary.
Airlines and airports were briefed on ways of ensuring disinfection and the proper recirculation and filtering of cabin air. They should collaborate to ensure that passengers are not kept on board without proper ventilation for longer than 30 minutes.
If you travel to or through the UK you may meet dogs specially trained to detect infected passengers not showing symptoms.