Air traffic will be reactivated in the coming weeks and it is expected that, by mid-June, a large part of the barriers that keep the European sky closed. For this, the main commercial airlines such as Iberia are already taking measures to manage the “new normal”, based on the “Health and Safety Protocol”, prepared by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In the specific case of the Spanish-flagged airline and part of the IAG holding company, he stressed that his priority is safety and that they follow the health recommendations of AESA and EASA (European Union Safety Agency). These agencies have recommended that passengers carry the mobile boarding pass, to avoid physical contact and points to other changes in the management of shipments or luggage: the space between people in queues has been increased, and placed partitions at the check-in and customer service desks. In addition to strengthening the cleaning of these counters or giving priority to the gangways to expedite boarding or departure of aircraft.
On the other hand, as with other companies, the staff has been provided with PPE and forced the use of medical masks both on boarding and during the flight. If the level of occupation allows it, they have pointed out from Iberia, their commitment is ensure maximum separation between passengers although the EASA in the aforementioned protocol does not determine that it is necessary to leave a seat free. Another novelty is that in the planes of Iberia there will be no sale on board or magazines or newspapers, as well as single-use materials for recycling have been encouraged. Similarly, the cleaning of the planes has been reinforced with anticovid-19 products.
Specifically, from AESA and ECDC airlines are recommended to “minimize to reduce contact between crew and passengers” services such as sale on board and it has been pointed out that food should be packaged and drinks in individual cans, for example.
No infections on board
In this report, they have also highlighted that to date there has been no confirmation of no contagion on board an airplane and refused to limit the capacity of the planes, so they advise against leaving seats free, unless they are seats that have not been sold.
Continuous air renewal
Both agencies have insisted on the mandatory use of masks both at the airport and during the flight and confirmed the efficiency of the fHEPA filters (High, Eficency Particulate Air)Used in many passenger aircraft to maintain the quality of the recirculated air inside the cabins. Specifically, both agencies have insisted that they make it possible to remove particles the size of Covid-19.
For example, Iberia has them installed on their planes and, from the airline, they have confirmed that the continuous renewal of cabin air it allows “this to be of a purity similar to that of an operating room”, killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.
Passengers who refuse to follow these recommendations they may be denied entry to the aircraft or to the airport facilities and, if the situation already occurs on board, “they will be treated according to the protocol established for conflicting passengers.”
In any case, passengers will receive Covid-19 Symptom Information and contact with possible cases, as well as signing a “health declaration”. Similarly, in airports and airplanes, all information on these measures will be available.