Future Airport Process Will Be A ‘Four- Hour Process’
Are you ready to change your flying habits? Well, you should be!
As we know, in most countries airports and borders are closed due to Covid-19. Once they open back to fly freely, there will be processes in place in all airports around the world to ensure healthy air travel. Countries are working on different strategies to put this process in place.
Experts call this pandemic ‘The New Terrorism’, as this is the biggest crisis the airline industry has ever faced.
Some estimate the time taken for the check-in process will be around 4 hours involving sanitization of luggage, social distancing, and waiting times for boarding to the flights, etc.
Turnaround flights will be delayed as well due to the need for thorough cleaning and sanitizing the cabins. But it is expected that the delays will be less due to fewer people traveling at the beginning and smaller pool of destinations.
How The Check-In Process Will Change?
Automation and digital technology will take a huge step in the future airline industry. Airports will take action to reduce touchpoints and use biometric measures and face recognition, as a passport for boarding to make the air traveling safe. Some airlines such as Qantas, EasyJet, and British Airways are already using this technology.
NO Cabin bags, lounges, and automatic upgrades! NO! You cannot ask for them.
You must wear face masks and surgical gloves.
Self-check-in and self-bag-drop-off will be in place due to the safety of the airport staff and passengers.
On-the-spot blood tests will be conducted if necessary and sanitation disinfection tunnels will be available in airports too.
Some other changes that need to make would be restricting all non-fliers entering the airport. In certain airports, families and friends are allowed to enter the airport check-in area whether they don’t fly. This needs to stop to minimize the crowd inside the airport.
Airports will have to get new biometric systems and efficient DIY systems for bag drop-off and disinfection tunnels for bags. When it comes to social distancing, barriers need to be in a position where queues are formed, waiting areas and corridors to stop passengers closely interacting with each other. As most airports do now, plexiglass or other protective barriers are great ideas for customer service counters to avoid direct contact. Hand sanitizing stations should be placed everywhere inside the airport for passenger use.
Sayings are wandering around about passenger age restrictions for traveling. Passengers who are fit to fly will be permitted to travel. This is unsure whether airlines have started to consider, but it is better to be aware.
How The Boarding Process Will Change?
The expectation is that the boarding process will be touchless and will include face recognition. Some countries use this technology already. Once boarded, there will be blocked seats to honor social distancing, protective gear for the staff and, masks throughout the journey for every passenger on board. At the moment some airlines have made it compulsory to action the above.
Food will not be offered if it is a short journey, but considering the flight duration, food or little refreshments will be provided. Certain airlines such as Hong Kong Airlines, they have decided to completely stop offering food due to the pandemic.
How Is The Arrival Process Going To Change?
Every international passenger will have to hand in some kind of an immunity document to the border control agents. Once a vaccine has been found, that could shift to proof of vaccination.
Other than the immunity document, Conde Nast predicts every passenger will undergo a temperature screen check and/or potentially a blood test for Covid-19 at their final destination.
“Some airports like Hong Kong and Vienna are testing passengers for the coronavirus with a blood test before they are allowed to enter the country. Those types of tests, however, might be short-lived.” -Conde Nast-
IATA has recommended thermal testing. The Telegraph has reported, “while Airlines UK, which represents British Airways, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic, has said ‘pre-screening’ of travelers should be introduced ideally as early in the passenger journey as possible”.
Although some of the above measures are not confirmed and made mandatory yet; airports worldwide are making and putting in action their processes and procedures to promise safe air traveling to every passenger. It is the responsibility of the travelers as well to support them obeying the rules and actioning them.