Air France Adds Passenger Temperature Checks On Departure

As airlines grapple with new procedures to help combat the coronavirus while at the same time making passengers…

Air France Adds Passenger Temperature Checks On Departure

As airlines grapple with new procedures to help combat the coronavirus while at the same time making passengers feel safe, Air France has announced that it will be checking passenger temperatures. In a press release issued yesterday, the French national flag carrier said that it would be reviewing all passenger temperatures on departing flights starting from Monday, May 11.

All Air France passengers must have their temperatures checked. Photo: Getty Images

In the statement, the SkyTeam member said that to ensure the highest level of health and safety, it will be carrying out systematic checks using contactless infrared thermometers.

The wearing of a face mask will be compulsory

All passengers with a temperature less than 38°C (100.4°F) will be cleared to fly, while those passengers with a higher reading may be denied boarding. If a passenger is not allowed on the flight due to a high temperature, they will be allowed to change their reservation for a later date at no charge.

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Air France will use contactless infrared thermometers. Photo: Getty Images

Along with the mandatory temperature checks, Monday will also see the compulsory wearing of face masks on all Air France flights as per a government directive. Emmanuel Macron’s government announced last week that face masks must are now mandatory on all forms of public transport.

Air France customers will be notified about the new procedures by email and SMS before their departure.

Air France safety measures

These measures are in addition to other COVID-19 rules that Air France is adhering to which include:

  • The wearing of face masks by Air France crew and agents who come into contact with passengers.
  • Marked walkways and distancing measures throughout the airport to help ensure social distancing.
  • The placing of Plexiglas screens where ever possible to help avoid contact between passengers and airline employees.
  • With passenger levels at their current levels, Air France is implementing the physical distancing of passengers onboard all aircraft. Where this is not possible, Air France reminds customers that the wearing of face masks is compulsorily for everyone, including Air France crew members.
  • All aircraft will be disinfected daily with all surfaces that come into contact with the passenger wiped down with chemical agents that kill all germs.
  • Along with the cleaning of surfaces, all aircraft will undergo the spraying of an approved virus killing spray that has a lifespan of ten days.
  • All beverage and meal services on European flights have been suspended. On long-haul flights, the cabin service will be limited to products that come individually wrapped.

The air on Air France planes is renewed every three minutes

Along with the above measures, Air France would like to remind passengers that the air they breathe in the cabin is renewed every three minutes. All of Air France aircraft come with “High-Efficiency Particulate Air” or HEPA filters. These are the same type of filters found in hospital operating theatres and can filter out 99.9% of all viruses, including COVID-19.

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Passengers will be required to wear a face mask on all Air France flights. Photo: Getty Images

By implementing the above safety measures, Air France wants to remind its customers that the safety and well-being of its employees and passengers will always come first.

In the current environment, it is tough to imagine flying anywhere unless you had to. Do these new measures by Air France make you feel any safer, or do you think Emirates idea of testing passengers for the coronavirus is better?

Please let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Singapore Airlines And SilkAir Now Require Passengers To Bring Their Own Masks

Passengers will now be required to wear a face mask onboard any Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights in…

Singapore Airlines And SilkAir Now Require Passengers To Bring Their Own Masks

Passengers will now be required to wear a face mask onboard any Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Effective from 23:59 on May 10th, all passengers on board are required to bring their own masks and wear them throughout the flight, on top of other strict social distancing measures.

New safe-distancing measures include wearing masks onboard all SIA and SilkAir flights. Photo: Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) and its regional wing, SilkAir, join a slew of airlines that have implemented mandatory mask-wearing measures. Although most airlines have chosen to distribute complimentary face masks on the plane, SIA’s bring-your-own rule is akin to that of Southeast Asian carrier, AirAsia.

New rules onboard

In new rules announced by Singapore’s civil aviation authorities, safe-distancing measures will be enforced during embarking and disembarking, as well as when queuing for the lavatory mid-flight.

On top of that, a verbal health declaration and temperature checks will be carried out for each passenger before boarding, resembling a basic health assessment.

The carrier has also mentioned a change to their inflight meal regulations. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, flights within South East Asia or to China will have its meals suspended.

According to SIA’s statement, “A snack bag with water and refreshments will be provided upon boarding instead.” Meals on flights to distant destinations, however, will not be affected.

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Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, SilkAir, will follow suit on all safe-distancing measures. Photo: SilkAir

These measures are in addition to the existing precautionary measures that SIA and SilkAir have in place to safeguard the wellbeing of our customers and crew,” said the carrier in a statement on its website.

Additionally, a report by Channel News Asia states that SIA’s cabin crew have been donning masks since 9th March. Additionally, cabin crew will be made to put on goggles or eye visors to minimize contact. A temperature check will also be mandatory for all crew.

Heightened cleaning process and precautionary measures

The airline does recognize that mask-wearing and temperature checks may not be enough, and has stepped up its cleaning processes as a result.

For instance, the airline has implemented hospital-grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, where 99.99% of airborne microbes will be expertly filtered.

Cabin air circulation is continuous, and the air is refreshed every 2-3 minutes (or 20-30 times hourly). All of this provides a safer and more comfortable environment for passengers,” explained the carrier in an earlier statement.

The airline has gone a step further and removed its hot towel service. Furthermore, menu cards and other seatback literature are being sacrificed.

April 9th was when the carrier started enforcing rigorous cleaning measures. Windows, tray tables, handsets, inflight entertainment screens, lavatories, and galleys are regularly wiped down after every flight. Headsets, headrest covers, and blankets are replaced as well.

Most flights canceled in May

A measure that was due to end in April, it seems that the airline will have to continue grounding 96% of its fleet, as flight cancellations continue.

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The coronavirus outbreak has forced SIA to ground the majority of its aircraft. Photo: Singapore Airlines

The Straits Times reported that the airline has been struggling to resume operations this month. Flights will only be heading to 15 cities currently, as opposed to 140 destinations formerly.

Passenger numbers are declining rapidly and SIA is experiencing budget constraints resulting in its first full-year loss. However, it remains heartening to see the airline ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its passengers. Undoubtedly, some measures will become the new norm even after the corona-crisis subsides.

What do you make of Singapore Airlines’ mandatory BYO mask rule? Is this an effective approach? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

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