Travel Advice: Airline Safety Measures

As we emerge from Lockdown and start to think about travelling again, many of us have concerns about getting on an airplane for the first time again. This is why airlines are putting measures in place to ensure passenger safety and help to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Aer Lingus and Ryanair have released detailed on advice on what they are doing to make your holiday flight safe, investing time, money and energy in the safety and hygiene of their aircraft to protect customers and staff alike.

In general hand-sanitising stations have been made available throughout your journey through the airport and facemasks are now mandatory while in your departure and destination airports, and during your flight.

Aer Lingus

What they’re doing

Aer Lingus has enhanced their cleaning process. Plane interiors will be disinfected daily and all surfaces, from tray tables to armrests and anything that a passenger could come into contact with, will all be deep-cleaned.

Aer Lingus assures passengers that its air filtration system is state-of-the-art and will keep circulating air free of 99.7% of airborne particles. This is the same filtration system used hospital operating theatres.

Changes to the boarding process

The changes made to the boarding process generally encourage you to use self-service options, and minimise contact between you, staff members and other passengers.

Passengers are encouraged to check in online, use self-service kiosks at the airport and the baggage drop-off point for your luggage. At the boarding gate, you will scan your own boarding pass (on phone or printed out), you will show your passport to a staff member on the other side of a screen. Flyers will board in small groups according to seat number, to minimise queueing and interpersonal contact.

During your flight

Several measures have been put in place to ensure passenger safety during the flight. It is mandatory to wear face masks for the duration of the flight. On short haul, food and drink services have been suspended, and on long haul flights they will be limited with only card payments accepted. Movement around the aircraft is limited. There will be no queues for the toilets, with passengers having to request access from a flight attendant.

Ryanair

What they’re doing

Similarly to the measures put in place by Aer Lingus, Ryanair has redoubled its efforts in cleaning aircraft every 24 hours. Their planes use the same hospital-grade filtration system as Aer Lingus.

Changes to the boarding process

For Ryanair, online check-in has been the standard for a long time and will continue to be so. To check in a bag, use the self-service kiosks and the baggage drop-off area.

Priority Customers will be boarded first. People will be boarded according to where they are sitting, and like Aer Lingus you will scan your own boarding pass and be separated by a plastic partition from staff members.

During your flight

During the flight, all crew and passengers are required to wear face mask. A limited inflight service will be operated with only card payments accepted. You will be required to stay seated for the duration of the flight, and queueing for toilets will not be permitted.


 

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Cathal Kehoe - 2 July 2019

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