New Guidelines for Air travel: Checkout new guidelines for travelling by flights during COVID-19

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new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19 – India, being one of the first countries to impose heavy travel restrictions, is now set to operate domestic airlines. After 2 months under lockdown, the Indian airlines are all set to commence operations from 25 May 2020. There is no doubt the airlines have suffered huge losses during this 2 month lockdown period. However, the ‘new normal’ post the lockdown will see new rules for people who travel by flights.

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19

While the airports and airlines prepare to resume operations, let’s take a look at the government issued new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19. Unless you follow these guidelines you may not be allowed to take a flight.

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19 – From Origin to Airport – DOs

  • Practice social distancing and minimum touch.
  • You will need to agree to the self-declaration form & will also have to register on the Aarogya Setu App.
  • Digital payments & use of authorized taxis.
  • Baggage limitations – Only one check-in bag and one cabin bag allowed.

Must Read: How to download and use the Aarogya Setu App

  • Vulnerable persons such as very elderly, pregnant ladies, or passengers with ailments are advised to avoid air travels.
  • Ensure Web Check-in to obtain a boarding pass.
  • Passenger must download the baggage tag/baggage identification number, print, and affix it on the bag at a prominent place.
  • In case the passenger is not able to print the baggage tag, then he/she should mention the PNR number and his/her name on a thick piece of paper and affix/tag it with a strong string.
  • Before entering the terminal, passengers must ensure to wear a mask.
  • Passenger must report at the airport two hours prior to the reporting time of the flight.
  • Passenger should only travel in an authorized taxi/personal vehicle, following norms as specified by the MHA.
  • During transit to the airport, passengers should take all precautions to prevent infection.
  • Passenger must certify the status of his/her health through the Aarogya Setu App or a self-declaration form.

From Origin to Airport – DONTs

  • Passenger should not reach late at the airport.
  • Passenger should not travel if he/she is staying in a containment zone.
  • Passenger should not travel if he/she has been tested positive for COVID-19.

If a passenger who is not permitted to fly, undertakes an air journey, he/she shall be liable for penal action.

Also Read: How to stay safe after lockdown

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19

Each passenger will need to give a declaration for the following

  • I/we am/are not residing in any containment zone.
  • I/we am/are not suffering from any fever/cough/any respiratory distress.
  • I/we am/are not under quarantine.
  • If I/we develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms, I/we shall contact the concerned health authorities immediately.
  • I/we have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • I/we am/are eligible to travel as per the extant norms.
  • I shall make my mobile number/contact details available to the airlines whenever required by them.
  • I understand that if I undertake the air journey without meeting the eligibility criteria, I would be liable for penal action.
  • I/we undertake to adhere to the Health Protocol as prescribed by the destination state/UT.

The airlines shall ensure that the boarding pass is issued only after the passenger confirms the above-mentioned declaration. In case of a PNR having more than one passenger, the declaration would be deemed to be covering all passengers mentioned in the PNR.

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19 – At the Airport 

Now, let’s take a look at the guidelines for air passengers at the airport.

  • Passengers should continue to wear a mask throughout their journey.
  • Passenger should get down from the vehicle with a face mask on and with the required documents/e-documents.
  • Passenger should arrive at the thermal screening facility near the entry gate.
  • Passenger should get himself/herself checked for temperature and display the status of Aarogya Setu App to the staff at the entry gate.
  • In case of non-availability of Aarogya Setu, passengers must be facilitated to go to a counter provided by the airport where the Aarogya Setu App can be downloaded.
  • Passenger should show his/her identity card and the boarding pass/e-boarding pass to the CISF staff at the entry gate.
  • Passenger must proceed to the baggage drop counter and show his/her PNR to the staff. Avoid using baggage trolley, as far as possible.
  • An electronic receipt shall be sent to the passenger.
  • Passenger must adhere to the social distancing which would be specified at the Airports through markings like circle, square, or tensor barrier.
  • Passenger should complete the check-in procedure and baggage drop at least 60 minutes before departure.

Do Read: Lockdown 4 guidelines in India

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19 – At Security Check

  • Arrangements have been made at airports to guide passengers to walk through the pre-embarkation security screening.
  • Passenger should follow the directions as announced by the authorities and take out of all metal on the body to facilitate the security screening.
  • Passenger should bring only one hand luggage as per the specified size allowed by the airlines.
  • Passenger must cooperate with security staff by following the instructions for his/her own safety and security.

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19 – Security Hold Area

  • Passenger should proceed to the security hold area after security screening.
  • While waiting in the security hold area, a passenger should maintain social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • Chairs marked ‘Not For Use’ should not be occupied.
  • While going around F&B, retail outlets, etc, a passenger should be aware of the social distancing and must maintain hygiene. He/she should also be aware of the locations where sanitizers would be made available.
  • Passenger must dispose off all biohazardous material like used masks, gloves, tissues, etc in yellow-colored disposable bins/bags placed at strategic locations at the airport.

While Boarding –  new guidelines for travelling by domestic flights

  • Passengers should be attentive towards various communication material displayed at the airport about various health advisories relating to pre-boarding and during the flight precautions.
  • Passengers should collect the safety kit (three-layered surgical mask and sanitizer) from the airlines near the boarding gate.
  • Passengers must wear a mask and sanitize his/her hands before proceeding to the boarding gate for scanning of the boarding pass.
  • Passengers need to be attentive towards boarding announcements and reach the boarding queue by following social distancing.
  • Display of identity cards by passengers is a must and check-in of the boarding pass would be done by the passenger by self-scanning of e-boarding pass.

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Inside the Aircraft – new airline guidelines for domestic flights after lockdown

  • During the flight, passengers must strictly follow hygiene and sanitation. Face to face interaction to be minimized.
  • Passenger should minimize use of toilets and must also avoid any non-essential movement in the aisles.
  • No queuing at the toilets and only one companion for children and the elderly would be allowed.
  • No meal service to be provided in the aircraft. Water bottles will be made available in the galley area or on the seats. Eatables will not be allowed during the flight.
  • No newspaper/magazine will be available, no onboard sale of any item.
  • If the passenger feels uncomfortable, fatigued, or has respiratory distress, it should be brought to immediate notice of the crew.

new airline guidelines for domestic flights during COVID-19 –  Airport to Destination 

Arrival

  • The disembarkation from the airlines would be sequential.
  • To disembark, passengers must strictly follow the instructions given by the crew.
  • Social distance/sanitation should be maintained at the arrival gate, aerobridges, coaches, jet ladders, ramps, etc.
  • Trolleys in the arrival area must be used sparingly.

Baggage Collection

  • Passenger should wait k the baggage hold area till the baggage arrives in batches.
  • Transit passengers will not be allowed to come out of the transit area.

Exit from Airport

  • Passengers should only hire authorized taxis.
  • Passengers must follow social distancing and must also adhere to health protocols as prescribed by destination State/UT.

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