Global aviation groups roundly applauded the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s new set of health guidelines for airlines and airports. The guidelines, issued late Wednesday, outline overlying principles of physical distancing, wearing medical face masks to protect other passengers, and practicing “scrupulous and frequent” hand hygiene. Separately, it noted that industry must assure air passengers and the general population that filtered air on airplanes is safer and cleaner than that on the ground. The European Commission charged EASA and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with formulating the guidelines as part of a wider package of measures to prompt the safe restoration of transport services and connectivity.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has taken the lead in calling for a “layered approach” to establishing standard health protocols and condemning moves by states to institute 14-day quarantines for travelers entering their territories.
Source: Ain Online