We may have to wait for some more time, before we pack our bags and look forward to flying again, but in the meanwhile let’s have a look at how different it will be flying in a post pandemic world.
There are going to be massive changes that will need to be put in motion by multiple stake holders, airlines, and governments around the world to get air travel up and running.
The MOCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation, India ) is considering drafting of a new standard operating procedure to be followed by the airlines and airports across the country.
A multi level course of action will be emphasised by everyone concerned.
Some of the points are as follows
Leaving for the airport:-
Most flyers will have to install the Aarogya App on their smart phones as a requirement to travel.
No cabin baggage will be permitted as yet.
Reach airport at least 3 hours before flight time.
Web check in or self check in only will be permitted in the initial days.
Protective gears like masks, gloves, will be mandatory for all passengers.
At the terminal:-
Passengers who show signs of fever or any symptoms on their Aarogya app will not be allowed to enter the terminal.
Thermal screening of all passengers will be mandatory at the embarkation and disembarkation points.
All passengers will do a self check in and have a contactless check in.
All payments for tickets will have to be made digitally.
No cabin baggage will be allowed, except for laptop / ladies purse.
Limit weight and no of pieces of checked baggage.
Passenger will self check in and drop baggage as per the airlines guidelines.
Social distancing will have to be followed as per govt guidelines.
Pat down checks will have to be minimised.
Trays will be sanitised after each check.
Sanitizers will have to be kept for use of passengers before and after security.
Bio-metrics will have to be enhanced at each airport.
Self scanning of e boarding passes at gates.
Boarding to commence an hour before departure.
Gates to close 20 mins before the departure time.
Boarding to be done in batches of 10 passengers.
No cabin baggage will be allowed.
Thermal screening of all embarking passengers by crew is mandatory.
Sanitised aircrafts, including tray tables, seat arm rests, mandatory after each flight.
Passengers to wear mask at all times within the aircraft.
Crew to avoid any non essential contact with passenger.
Avoid or minimise use of Lavatory.
No meal/ water service allowed.
Suspension of all on-board sales.
Last three rows kept vacant for isolation –just in case.
Stagger passenger movement while disembarking.
Allow passengers to disembark from front according to rows.
Thermal screening of all passengers at disembarkation.
Disinfection of all baggage at before placing at the carousel.
Staggered placement of baggage on the carousel.
With such unprecedented times, not only the airline and airport crew, but also each passenger will have to take the initiative to make sure all safety protocol is followed to stop the spreading of the virus, and embrace the new normal.
Let’s make our land as well our skies safe to fly again.