Students, as well as other travellers travelling through flights, will have to go through new procedures and policies to ensure the safety of the passengers as well as flight attendants. U.S airlines have implemented various new ways to reduce the spread of Coronavirus by implementing minimal contact between travellers, crew and other airport workers. From new technologies like Ultraviolet light disinfecting systems to facemasks, here's what you should know-
When you're at the airport:
The new guidelines for travellers implement minimal contact by having them scan their own paper or boarding passes instead of an Airport officer.
The Transport Security Administration requests the travellers to bring their food in plastic bags and carry them in their carry-on bags themselves so that the officers can avoid touching their bags.
Wearing face masks is absolutely necessary for the officers as well as the travellers at all times.
United Airlines use sneeze guards at check-in counters and other customer service areas and encourage travellers to do the same.
Temperature checks and thermal scanning at airports are done before the passenger is allowed to board the flight.
While you're on board:
Airlines say their on-board air filters are extremely effective at removing pathogens which they help in cleaning surfaces and disinfecting devices like foggers to disinfect cabins. It'll work with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to see the most effective tips to disinfect surfaces on aircraft and within the airport.
Masks have become the norm. Major U.S. airlines this month have started requiring that not only for crew members but also for travellers. They're encouraging them to wear them in common areas like departure halls and gate areas as well, in light-weight of federal recommendations regarding reducing the unfold of the disease.
Social distancing should be followed and your travel companions are requested to sit one seat apart from one another at all costs.
A few precautions for International travellers after the flight:
Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions like coughing, sneezing etc. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Wash hands with soap and water whenever possible.
Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue immediately.
Avoid touching mouth and nose.
It is critical to follow best practices on how to wear, remove and dispose of masks and on hand hygiene after removal.
As for any travel, travellers are also advised to follow proper food hygiene practices, including the five keys for food safety.