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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Flying in coronavirus era

Measuring the body temperatureLeading US airlines will refund tickets for any passenger who is found to have an elevated temperature. But they will only do so if 2 conditions will be met. First, the elevated temperature must meet the definition in the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So if it doesn’t, your refund isn’t guaranteed even though you don’t have any control over how your temperature will be measured.

Screening

Second, the screening must have been conducted by federal authorities prior to your travel. In practice...
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Tell me only what I want to hear

Donald Trump says that the coronavirus will disappear in April as a miracle On February 29, 2020, fake president Donald Duck Trump tells his supporters that the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. It is just a new Democratic hoax according to him. No less than 18 times he will say that the virus will go away in April, like a miracle. Small wonder that the USA is the world’s largest coronavirus hotspot with over 125,000 corona deaths.

Not a miracle

Yet, Trump keeps praising himself on a daily...
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How safe is flying in the corona era?

Crew and passengers wearing facmasks in the corona eraAirlines say it is safe to fly, but only under strict conditions. They have announced measures to prevent that passengers contract the coronavirus. An example is a requirement for passengers and crew to wear face masks in the corona era. Possible measures on the ground include sanitizing kiosks, counters, etc.

Layered measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry’s worldwide lobby, recommends “layered measures.” This term is quite popular among carriers because it suggests more safety than they provide in practice.

Blocking...

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Passenger without facemask fined

FacemaskLast year there was a discussion about a ban on face covering clothes aimed at Islamic women. Currently, there is a discussion about a requirement to cover faces in planes. A passenger onboard a flight to Amsterdam doesn’t wear a facemask on June 5, 2020 although it is mandatory. The carrier informs the Dutch military police of the situation. Therefore, police meet the flight at the gate. After having contacted the public prosecutor, they present the passenger with a fine of €300 ($340). Insofar known it is the first passenger fined for...
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United breaks a promise

All middle seats taken on United flight Newark-San FranciscoDr. Ethan Weiss is a cardiologist and a scientist at the University of California San Francisco. On May 9, 2020, he tweets a remarkable photo (see on the right). It shows the cabin of a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. The flight is packed, all seats are taken. However, only 10 days before the flight United’s Chief Customer Officer sends a message to all passengers. It reads: "We're automatically blocking middle seats to give...

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The end of air travel

mask in the cabinMost airlines now require passengers to wear face coverings and crew masks on board aircraft. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the mouthpiece of the airline industry - considers it a temporary layered approach to biosecurity. But it may also serve another goal, as IATA looks after the aviation industry’s interests. Most likely, IATA wants to avoid the dramatic cost increases to air travel that onboard social distancing would imply.

Virus transmission

IATA claims that limited evidence suggests that the risk of virus transmission on board is...
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