Here’s what travel will look like in a post COVID-19 word
As places around the world start opening up after the coronavirus lockdown, airlines are starting to make plans to start flying regular routes over the summer.
Many airlines seem to suggest that flying will be a very different experience, at least until a vaccine for COVID-19 has been found.
Air France has said that will be check passengers’ temperatures, and would bar people from its flights if it deemed someone was running a fever.
Passengers, crew and staff dealing with customers will also be told they must wear masks.
According to a company statement, “Air France will progressively implement temperatures checks on departure from all its flights.”
“These systematic checks will be carried out with contactless infrared thermometers.”
The company also said it would space passengers as far apart as possible – which will be easier, given the drop in demand for airline travel.
It will also be disinfecting its planes after each flight.
Elsewhere, Emirates Airlines said it is preparing to open up more routes (it is currently flying a reduced fleet for re-patriation purposes) by June.
As well as masks, it’s thought that food and beverage services will also be changed to further limit contact between passengers.
Most planes are equipped with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, the same type used in many hospitals. That can extract virtually all viruses, including the coronavirus.
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