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Category Archives: Safety and Security

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.

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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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Ejected from a fighter jet

Plane and parachute in the airA 64-year-old man in France has no interest in flying. However, he gets a gift from his employees in the form of a flight in a fighter jet, a Dassault Rafale B. At 2,500 feet above the ground he is flung into the air with a parachute because he presses the ejection button. The picture on the right shows the plane (bottom left) and the parachute (top right).

Parachute

Investigators with France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety write a  report about the...
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Masks in the cabin

Pessengers packed like sardinesCurrently, carriers don’t treat their customers like cargo because they cannot fill all seats in their aircraft. Rather, they are now able to treat passengers like human beings. However, this doesn’t include providing sufficient legroom because that would require a larger pitch (the distance between rows). But airlines can now block middle seats. Even so, the distance between passengers in a window and an aisle seat is less than 6 feet. Therefore, it may make sense they would require customers to wear masks.
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