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Published on May 21st, 2020 | by Brendan O'Moore


Airport Regulations In Covid Times

During the covid-19 pandemic, the air traffic came to a standstill to contain the spread of the infection within the geographic limits. Now that things are resuming to normalcy, the aviation industry is also continuing its operations. Still, considering the current covid-19 situation, there are regulations imposed on the travelers to minimize the chances of another wave of covid. One such regulation is mandating the travelers to get inoculated with two doses of vaccine before initiating international travel, along with a negative RT-PCR test report.

Regulations Imposed In The Airports During Covid Times

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The World Health Organization has imposed a policy for technical consideration to ensure risk-free International travel in the context of Covid-19. There are recommendations levied to ensure personal safety and complete security are also enforced in the airports to ensure that people abide by the regulations imposed for their safety.

Spreading Awareness Among Personnel of the Aviation Industry

The airport operators and staff of the airlines are being educated on the common signs and symptoms of the pandemic, and the crew and ground personnel are further educated on the measures to prevent the transmission of the virus and adopt measures such as hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, social distancing, waste disposal, environmental hygiene, etc. They are also familiar with the local protocols to report and manage the ill and their contacts. The airport staff is trained on the management of the suspected cases and track their contacts.

Cleaning And Disinfecting the Facility

The hygiene protocols followed in the airports should be enhanced following the recommendations laid by the national health authority. The WHO has a written plan for enhancing the cleaning and the disinfection of the airports. If any symptomatic passengers were identified, then an appropriate disinfection procedure could be followed. The post-event cleaning and disinfection procedures should be carried out in the aircraft, and the crew of the affected aircraft should be screened and isolated appropriately.

Security Regulations in the Airport

An interim guideline has been published and released by the WHO for managing the outbreak of covid-19 cases in the aviation industry. It has also published a handbook for the management of public health events in air transport. It is important to enhance the security of the buildings and disinfect it frequently and appropriately.  The passengers should be screened at the point of entry of the airport buildings, which includes screening their temperature and their negative RT-PCR receipts. The international passengers are also required to furnish their vaccination status, and at present, the protocol is to start traveling after 15 days of taking the second dose of the vaccine.

The airport buildings should also be secured from unauthorized access and entry, as there are all chances of people trespassing the regulations for their urgent travel plans. The best way to ensure safety, security, and building automation in airports is to have commercial security systems in place. Investing in such innovative solutions helps to improve passenger experiences and helps to respond quickly to potential threats, and to monitor critical cases. Having such complex systems in place will help to support the aviation business, enhance its efficiency, and helps it to win the trust of its passengers.

Technical Considerations To Be Considered For Safe Air Travel Amidst The Pandemic

International travel should always be prioritized during the Covid-19 pandemic and should be for emergency and essential purposes. While the countries resume gradually non-essential international travel, they should perform a thorough risk assessment and contain the transmission of the SARS CoV-2 virus. A precautionary approach is warranted, and proof of vaccination should be required at the entry and exit points of airports.  The airport buildings should come under crucial security surveillance and be equipped to quarantine international travelers who are presenting with symptoms. Passengers should be screened for using personal protective equipment and maintain appropriate social distancing measures that alone can help contain the virus infection spread.

Bottom Line

Today’s airports play multiple roles, apart from shifting passengers and cargo from one place to another. They played an essential role in the current pandemic situation to transport oxygen plants, oxygen containers, and trucks, essential emergency medicines and vaccines, etc. They carry out complex functions and connect far-flung places instantly, saving the lives of many people. But they can also be potential places to spread the infection across international borders. Thus it is important to contain and maintain them from infection spread and safeguard their physical structures with appropriate commercial security systems to prevent unauthorized entry and trespassing.

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