Airports and airlines are aiming to regain the confidence of travellers once travel restrictions are eased, as such, airports will be looking at long-term solutions that check passenger health and then ensure the most sanitary conditions possible. Below are some airport protocols and information in place at present. Please check the Coronavirus information for your relevant airport before travelling.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority understands the acute impact that Coronavirus is having on the industry, as well as those with upcoming travel plans. Information for passengers and holidaymakers on airline protocols for safety are starting to become available on the airlines' websites. Please check this page regularly for any additions to the below or go onto the relevant airline’s website directly.
Ask a member of staff in case you have any questions or feel uneasy (they are there to help you in this new situation).
Be prepared for thermal screening at the airport.
Observe physical barriers or signs indicating distancing requirements.
Check-in your bag whenever possible.
Minimise your use of airport facilities.
Wear a face mask, and expect to be denied boarding if you do not wear one.
Wash hands regularly.
Practice good hygiene, avoid touching your own eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, as viruses most frequently enter the body through these routes.
COVID-19 appears to have an incubation period of at least 14 days, unlike regular flu which is 2 days. An increasing number of international airports are also conducting temperature checks for arriving, departing and transiting passengers. So, protect yourself and other travellers by not flying when you’re sick.
Cover up, cover your mouth and nose when you cough, sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and dispose of them in the waste bin. Also wear a facemask to protect your fellow travellers.
Clean up - while many airlines have announced extra plane cleaning, we recommend you carry antibacterial wipes to clean your seat armrest, tray table, seat-back pocket, air vent, seat touch screen, headrest and window blind. The same advice is sensible for other items frequently used by travellers, including travelling on shuttles, taxis, holding handrails and using elevators.