Published on November 13, 2020 at 11:11 a.m. EDT
Is this your first flight since the pandemic began? You can take some steps in advance to ensure that you are not stuck at the airport.
Despite the surge in COVID-19 cases, holiday flight bookings have increased.
The increase in travel is probably related to the suppression of travel demand, and recent studies by scientists from the Department of Defense and Harvard University have shown that air travel is as safe as, or even safer, many other daily activities on the ground.
These studies emphasize the importance of always wearing a mask during travel. American airlines have accepted this recommendation, and all airlines have formulated policies that require all passengers to wear masks.
Passengers who refuse to comply with this rule may find themselves on the carrier’s no-fly list and are prohibited from continuing to fly.
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But what about making masks at the airport?
Although President-elect Biden expressed the national mask policy, as early as 7, the airport industry organization International Airport Council-North America (ACI-NA) supported urging the administration of President Donald Trump to issue a mask request, and no federal law currently requires travelers. Wear a face mask at a commercial airport.
Airports where there are state or local mask requirements do have the right to produce evidence, issue tickets, or in some cases expel non-compliant passengers.
But in most cases, airports report that they instead rely on audiovisual messaging, personal reminders, airline policies, and the distribution of more than 86 million masks delivered to the airport by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies. .
Airport spokesperson Lee Davis said that at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), messages on the public address system remind passengers that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s mission requires facial masking. Information about mask requirements also appeared in the shuttle bus, the entrance gate and the entire terminal building.
Davis said: “The vast majority of CLT passengers are compliant.” In addition, American Airlines, which operates 90% of CLT flights, requires passengers over 2 to wear masks from the day of departure until they leave and arrive at the airport. . All airlines operating in CLT require passengers to wear masks during flight. “
In addition to the sign of wearing a mask, at Denver International Airport (DEN), all employees are encouraged to politely remind passengers to wear a mask (if the mask is not worn or worn correctly).
Airport spokesperson Alex Renteria said: “We may provide a person with free masks to encourage them to comply with the regulations.” “If a person takes radical action, they may be asked Enforcement. But we have not had a situation where travelers refused to wear masks.”
At Los Angeles International Airport, travel security ambassadors patrol certain terminals to remind passengers of the airport’s mask policy and distribute free masks when needed.
“We do our best to remind people from the moment they step into the building. We want our passengers to persevere. The vast majority of our guests understand the importance of helping everyone travel safely,” said Heath Montgomery, an airport spokesperson , But “airlines have the right to refuse to refuse to provide services to those who comply with these regulations.”
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The second phase of the ongoing research is the flight risk study conducted by the Harvard TH Chen School of Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will focus on the journey to the roadside airport and will include “testing, the indoor air environment of the airport, and Other measures to reduce the risk of disease transmission.” But the school said that the study is still in progress and there is no exact release timetable.
At the same time, in addition to encouraging passengers to conceal their identities, the airport continues to ensure passengers through decisive terminal area cleaning procedures, COVID-19 testing services, and other health and safety systems.
US airports are also considering a new plan developed by Synect and The Indoor Lab, which combines lidar or real-time visual scanning technology with digital signage. These types of programs will be able to track the movement of passengers in real time and point out where someone is sitting and which surfaces they have touched. The airport maintenance staff then knows where to put the cleaning target and can remind passengers of the crowded gate area and make choices about social distancing.
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