Airlines Announce New Health Requirement

On June 29th, 2020 In Washington, Airlines for America (A4A) announced that its member carriers are going to voluntarily implement temporary health acknowledgment policies for passengers travel as an additional level of mitigation to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past few weeks as travel rates are starting to increase we are starting to see airlines announcing the changes and adjustments that will be made to accomodate to its passegners health priority.

American Airlines (AAL) announces that they will be bring back all of their aircraft into service within the next few weeks. Regardless of if the flights will be full or not they hope that by bring out more aircraft and expanding the social distancing onboard, then more individuals would be more inclined to decided to fly.

“Health assessments prior to air travel are just one more important measure in our multi-layered approach to help mitigate the transmission of COVID to passengers and employees,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We want passengers to know that this is another change they should expect the next time they fly.”

Based on the information provided by the Airlines for America the following three primary areas are the greatest focus:

  • Face Coverings – assurance that passengers will bring a face covering and wear it at the airport, on the jet bridge and onboard the aircraft;
  • Symptoms – assurance that the passenger is not experiencing a temperature (38C/100.4F or higher), coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle pain and/or sore throat; and
  • Exposure – assurance that the passenger has not had close contact with someone who tested positive or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Airlines for America is made up of the following airlines: American Airlines (AAL), Alaska Airlines (ALK), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Hawaiian Airlines (HA), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and United Airlines (UAL). They have all agreed to follow these recommendations.

U.S. airlines also encourage the traveling public to follow all CDC recommendations – including frequent hand-washing – for their protection as well as that of others.

For more information about how carriers are working to protect the traveling public and what travelers can do to protect themselves and others, please visit www.AirlinesTakeAction.com.

Airlines are helping you fly healthy

  • Requiring face coverings.
  • Using HEPA filtration systems.
  • Sterilizing with electrostatic sprayers and foggers.
  • Sanitizing counters, kiosks and gate areas.
  • Disinfecting surfaces like arm rests and seat buckles.
  • Reducing touchpoints like beverage service.

What can you do to fly smart?

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your face when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use your smartphone to check in.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

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