UN agencies issues health guidelines for air travellers

In a move to restart the air travel, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry on June 1.

Among the many protocols, wearing masks, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft are some that has been drawn up by an international task force formed by the Montreal-based ICAO with the help of other UN agencies like the World Health Organization and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

In a statement, Philippe Bertoux, France’s representative on ICAO’s board, who led the task force debate, said, “These guidelines will facilitate convergence, mutual recognition and harmonisation of aviation COVID-19 related measures across the globe.”

In a transformed COVID-19 era, wearing of a mask or face covering should be obligatory inside aircraft and terminals, where physical distancing of at least 1m should be respected. Apart from it flight attendants will be provided with personal protective equipment that could include visors, gloves and medical masks.

Philippe Bertoux added that the measures aren’t obligatory but they are the product of a broad consensus that imparts “an authority that will make them a global reference for the first time on this issue since the start of the COVID-19 crisis”.

“These measures will facilitate a safe and sustainable return of the air travel,” Bertoux said.

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