No meals, PPE suits for staff and 1 cabin bag in flight norms

Pas­sen­gers will get a safety kit, in­clud­ing a mask, face shield and a san­i­tizer

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Pas­sen­gers board­ing do­mes­tic flights be­gin­ning Mon­day will have to re­port at least two hours be­fore de­par­ture, de­clare their health sta­tus at the air­port, and have to com­plete the check-in process on­line, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s guide­lines.

Pas­sen­gers will also be given a safety kit that will in­clude a three-lay­ered mask, face shield and san­i­tizer near the board­ing gate, the guide­lines is­sued on Thurs­day said.

The guide­lines ad­vised “very el­derly, preg­nant ladies, pas­sen­gers with health is­sues” to avoid air travel. Fly­ers are “ex­pected to cer­tify the sta­tus of their health through the Aar­o­gya Setu app or a self-dec­la­ra­tion form”.

GO­ING TO AIR­PORT

Pas­sen­gers will have to reach the air­port two hours be­fore de­par­ture, fol­low so­cial-dis­tanc­ing mea­sures and should “travel to the air­port in an au­tho­rised taxi/ personal ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing the norms” spec­i­fied by the Cen­tre.

A trav­eller will have to do web check-in and ob­tain a board­ing pass, and down­load the bag­gage tag and bag­gage iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber. “In the ini­tial stage, pas­sen­gers will be en­ti­tled to carry max­i­mum of one hand bag­gage and one checked-in bag­gage as per the spec­i­fi­ca­tions by the air­line of his travel,” the guide­lines said. Be­fore en­ter­ing the ter­mi­nal, pas­sen­gers must wear a pro­tec­tive gear, and they will con­tinue wear­ing a mask through­out the jour­ney. “A pas­sen­ger will print the bag­gage tag and af­fix it on the bag at a prom­i­nent place.” In case that is not done, s/she will have to write the PNR (Pas­sen­ger Name Record) num­ber and name on a piece of pa­per and paste that on the bag­gage.

EN­TER­ING TER­MI­NAL

At the air­port, pas­sen­gers will have to reach the ther­mal screen­ings fa­cil­ity near the gate. A des­ig­nated staff will check tem­per­a­tures of pas­sen­gers. The sta­tus of the Aar­o­gya Setu app should be dis­played to the staff. In the ab­sence of a com­pat­i­ble de­vice, pas­sen­gers will have to fill up a self-dec­la­ra­tion form. “In case of non-avail­abil­ity of Aar­o­gya Setu, the pas­sen­ger should be fa­cil­i­tated to go a counter pro­vided by the air­port where Aaro­grya Setu can be down­loaded. Chil­dren be­low four­teen years of age would be ex­empt from this re­quire­ment,” the rules said.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the for­mal­i­ties, a pas­sen­ger can pro­ceed to the counter at en­try checkpoint and dis­play the iden­tity card and board­ing pass.

SE­CU­RITY

Ar­range­ments have been made at air­ports to guide pas­sen­gers to walk through the pre-em­barka­tion se­cu­rity screen­ing. “Pas­sen­gers should di­vest of all metal on their body to fa­cil­i­tate the se­cu­rity screen­ing. Also, bring only one hand lug­gage as per spec­i­fied size al­lowed by the air­lines,” the guide­lines said. Se­cu­rity staff will prac­tice a “min­i­mum touch” con­cept to re­duce phys­i­cal con­tact.

MOVE­MENT IN AIR­PORT

Pas­sen­gers will pro­ceed to se­cu­rity hold area af­ter se­cu­rity screen­ing. Chairs marked “Not For Use” should not be oc­cu­pied.

BOARD­ING

Pas­sen­gers will have to col­lect the safety kit pro­vided by air­lines, should wear mask and san­i­tize their hands be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the board­ing gate for scan­ning of the board­ing pass. Checkin of the board­ing pass will be done by the pas­sen­ger by self­s­can­ning of e-board­ing pass. Pas­sen­gers will have to board the air­craft in a se­quen­tial man­ner.

IN­SIDE THE AIR­CRAFT

Face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion should be min­imised, the guide­lines said. “Pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to min­i­mize use of lava­tory and to avoid any nonessen­tial move­ment in the aisles,” it said. No queu­ing at lava­to­ries and only one com­pan­ion for chil­dren and the el­derly will be al­lowed. No meal ser­vices will be al­lowed in the air­craft but wa­ter bot­tles will be avail­able. Air crew will be in pro­tec­tive gear. “lf any pas­sen­ger feels un­com­fort­able, fa­tigued or have cough, it should be bought to the no­tice of the crew for han­dling the pas­sen­ger,” it said.

EXIT FROM AIR­PORT

Pas­sen­gers should use only au­tho­rised taxis maintainin­g the pre­scribed hy­giene pro­to­cols. Only these ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed for tak­ing the pas­sen­ger from the air­port. On ar­rival at the des­ti­na­tion, a pas­sen­ger will have to ad­here to such health pro­to­cols as are pre­scribed by the des­ti­na­tion State/ Union Ter­ri­tory. At a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, civil avi­a­tion min­is­ter Hardeep Puri, how­ever, said pas­sen­gers tak­ing short dis­tance flights will not need to quar­an­tine upon reach­ing the des­ti­na­tion state.

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