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Roundup: Airports and airlines adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic

by Matt Aaronson

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airports and airlines around the world are moving to protect the health and safety of passengers. In this roundup, we’ll look at a sampling of the coverage of such efforts. 

 

CNN: Airline passengers undergo Covid-19 blood tests before boarding

CNN digs into a new Emirates program for testing passengers at Dubai International Airport, which they’ve just begun this week. Said Emirates COO Adel Al Redha: “This will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates.”

 

Passenger Terminal Today: Etihad Airways to test airport technology for Covid detection

Industry publication Passenger Terminal Today chronicles Etihad Airways’ rollout of tech from Australian company Elenium Automation to monitor vital signs of passengers at self-service kiosks:

Jorg Oppermann, vice president hub and midfield operations, Etihad Airways, says, “This technology is not designed or intended to diagnose medical conditions. It is an early warning indicator which will help to identify people with general symptoms, so that they can be further assessed by medical experts, potentially preventing the spread of some conditions to others preparing to board flights to multiple destinations.

 

The Dallas Morning News: Airlines cut snacks, beverages — and middle seat tickets — to fight COVID-19 spread

The Morning News takes a look at two Dallas-based airlines, American and Southwest, and how their policies have changed in response to the global pandemic. Southwest, for example, has completely discontinued the sale and distribution of all drinks and snacks, with the exception of “unopened cans of water.”

 

Airports Council International: Airside Safety and Operations under COVID-19

The ACI issued guidelines based on best practices from its member airports. The bulletin covers procedures for the parking of grounded aircraft, social distancing for operations teams, and the use of virtual communication among staff and stakeholders.

 

Forbes: Master List of All Major International Airline Coronavirus Change and Cancellation Policies

As the pandemic has progressed and governments have advised against and in some cases forbidden some travel, Forbes has been updating its summary of airline policies with respect to COVID-19 related cancellations.

 

LocusLabs blog: How airports and airlines can convey health and safety information with connected mapping

LocusLabs offers some simple guidelines for highlighting health and safety resources through airport and airline digital platforms.

 

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