Hearing how air travel will change post-pandemic will not come as a surprise to anybody. The following will give you an idea of just some of the planned new health and safety restrictions, which we think, for the most part, will be greatly welcomed. According to Matador, the following new health and safety rules will be introduced:
- Airlines in the USA including Delta, United and American will require the wearing of masks during boarding and flight duration
- Singapore Airlines will require masks & will be conducting pre-boarding health assessments including temperature checks & verbal health declarations
- No more in-flight shopping, hot towels or magazines
- Food service during flights will be reduced on short trips
- Hong Kong International Airport plans to install a disinfection booth where travellers’ clothing will be sanitized with an anti-bacterial coating.
Overall boarding processes at airports may take up to four hours if on-the-spot blood tests are enforced, Forbes reported. And during flights, HEPA filters will work continuously to ensure that 99.97% of airborne bacteria is eliminated and no germs are being spread. This fits with Qantas’ recent assertion that the air quality on their aircraft is now “hospital grade”.
Matador also writes that airport “touchpoints” will be minimized by resorting to self-service which may result in all travellers checking in online, scanning their electronic boarding passes and dropping off their own luggage to be checked-in. Cabin bags may be eliminated altogether in order to decrease any possible spread of germs and to free up additional space.
Hopefully post-pandemic flying will also result in more space between passengers on board, although that reality probably won’t occur without increasing fares. Let’s face it, fares are cheaper now than they were 30 years ago – and airlines need to make a profit if they’re going to continue to operate.