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Airlines for America Launches New Safety Campaign

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Airlines for America (A4A) announced Wednesday it had launched a new public awareness campaign, “Fly Healthy. Fly Smart.”

The program was designed to educate travelers ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and includes the enhanced cleaning and health protocols airlines in the United States are implementing to keep travelers safe.

In addition, the guidelines will also help passengers keep themselves and others safe.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees is the top priority of U.S. airlines,” A4A CEO Nicholas E. Calio said in a statement. “Since the onset of this health crisis, carriers have been taking substantial, proactive steps—in many instances exceeding CDC guidance—to protect passengers and employees.”

“With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, U.S. airlines are coming together as an industry to deepen their commitment to instituting multiple layers of protection throughout the travel experience—from check-in to touchdown,” Calio continued.

Some of the actions taken by airlines in the U.S. include mandatory face masks, increased cleaning frequency, the addition of plexiglass shields at interaction points and social distancing guidelines.

Other carriers have implemented back-to-front boarding and adjusted food and beverage services, while the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started testing temperature screening processes.

On Tuesday, United Airlines introduced a new set of health and safety guidelines, dubbed United CleanPlus, while Delta Air Lines debuted custom plexiglass safety barriers at check-in lobbies, departure gates and Delta Sky Club counters.

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Survey Highlights Coronavirus Changes Airline Passengers Want

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A recent survey of business and leisure airline passengers highlighted the guidelines and health-related equipment travelers are looking for when boarding a plane during and after the coronavirus outbreak.

According to information from Honeywell, around 72 percent were more concerned with the environment on an airplane than in an airport, which only saw 28 percent of respondents voice the most concern.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents also cited social distancing as their top priority during travel, while about half of those surveyed cited air quality (51 percent) and personal protective equipment such as masks (47 percent) as top priorities.

“This survey demonstrates that passengers want high-tech solutions to best validate the entire travel experience as it relates to health and safety,” Honeywell vice president Kevin Suits said in a statement. “Honeywell offers a variety of relevant solutions today that we can bring forward to support travelers.

“We continue to speak with airline executives and transportation leaders about the types of new products and services that would support their efforts to further clean and monitor the cleanliness of their aircraft,” Suits continued. “We are quickly bringing to market new offerings that would be a win-win for our industry and all of us who love to fly.”

In terms of in-flight amenities most-desired by passengers, masks, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes top the list. Travelers also revealed that cleanliness validation via technology was by far (60 percent) the most important way to provide confidence.

A portion of surveyed passengers also thinks that providing cleaning supplies directly to the passenger would help ensure confidence in the cleanliness of the cabin.

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