What are the Major Airlines doing to Keep You Safe?
During this difficult time, travel can look much different than it has before. Airlines are now implementing new features to help keep you safe during your travels, but each airline is doing it in their own way. Click on the links below to see how each airline is taking new steps in order to keep you safe during flights.
Delta Adds Covid-19 Assessment Step to Check-In Process
Delta Air Lines on July 29th added a health acknowledgment for passengers to its check-in process.
The acknowledgment requires passengers to check boxes indicating that they have not been diagnosed with or exposed to Covid-19 within the past two weeks and have not experienced any of the primary Covid-19 symptoms during that same period. Passengers who cannot affirm that will be unable to complete check-in and will be prompted to cancel or change their reservation with fees waived.
Passengers also will have to acknowledge that they will wear mask or face covering throughout their journey. Delta CEO Ed Bastian last week said that Delta already has banned 120 passengers who refused to wear masks.
United Airlines introduced a similar assessment to the check-in process in early June.
For those claiming health issues, Delta to require pre-flight evaluation for exceptions to mask policy
As of July 27th, anyone who books a Delta flight who requests an exemption from the mask requirement must undergo a medical evaluation at the airport before boarding.
In a statement, Drake Castañeda, a Delta spokesman, said the airline encourages passengers who can't wear a mask for medical reasons to reconsider traveling.
If they must travel, he said, such passengers "will be welcome to fly upon completing a virtual consultation prior to departure at the airport to ensure everyone’s safety."
The evaluation will be done in private with STAT-MD, Delta's partner for in-flight emergency consultations, which is based at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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These Countries Have Eased Coronavirus Travel Restrictions: Restart Of Tourism Underway, U.N Reports
The responsible revival of tourism is underway around the world, according to a new report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization(UNWTO) that shows that 87 out of 217 tourist destinations have eased #covid-19 related restrictions for international tourism.
According to the latest analysis by the U.N. agency monitoring global responses to the pandemic from the start of the crisis, 40% of all destinations worldwide have now eased restrictive measures, while 118 still have maintained closed borders.
Their most recent outlook released Thursday and covering the world’s situation until July 19 “confirms the trend of a slow but continuous adaptation and responsible restart of international tourism.”
Airline Leaders In US And Europe Pushing For Shared Traveler Testing Program
This is easier said than done.
Airline executives are getting together to promote a joint testing program that could help to restore travel between the United States and Europe. A letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence and European Commissioner Ylva Johansson that was signed by leaders representing British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, Lufthansa Group, Iberia and more urges government officials to move forward with restoring widespread air travel.
The letter highlights the importance of restarting transatlantic flights by utilizing cooperation between citizens, governments and businesses to create safe flying environments. One of the ways that airline leaders propose to do this is through a new American-European testing program that would allow travelers to resume travel without the need for intrusive quarantine measures.
Effective July 24, customers will be required to wear a face covering in the more than 360 airports where United operates around the world. This includes United customer service counters and kiosks, United Club locations, United’s gates and baggage claim areas. If customers refuse to comply, they may be refused travel and banned from flying United at least while the mask requirement is in place. This will be effective for all customers traveling on and after July 24 regardless of when their ticket was purchased.
United also will strengthen their mask exemption policy by only excluding children under the age of two. If a passenger believes that there are extraordinary circumstances that warrant an exception, they should contact United or speak to a representative at the airport. Onboard, customers are expected to wear a face covering for the duration of the flight, except when eating or drinking.
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