See the new protocol with more effective health measures on flights and airports released by Anaca and Anvisa
The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) and the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) published a note last Tuesday (19) that regulates a series of new measures to be taken at airports and aircraft that aim to combat the new coronavirus.
One of the new regulatory measures is aimed at disembarking after the plane has landed. Anvisa's technical note recommends that from now on, passengers remain seated and that disembarkation is carried out in queues, starting at the front of the aircraft.
Among the measures adopted, rules were defined for cleaning and disinfection of aircraft and public spaces, on-board service, maintenance of social distance and protection of professionals.
New sanitary measures
The note brings several recommendations for airlines, employees and passengers.
- Mandatory use of masks for employees, crew and passengers. The measure must be met both on the airport premises and inside the aircraft.
- Airports must produce audible warnings about the spread of the virus and prevention must be announced on all flights, departure and arrival areas both domestic and international.
- Informational materials with prevention tips should be available.
- Airport administrators, service providers and airlines must supervise cleaning teams so that hygiene is intensified.
- The movement of people in the terminals must be organized in such a way that the distance of 2 meters. The measure must be met both in check-in queues, waiting rooms, embarkation and disembarkation.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers should be widely available, especially in areas close to drinking fountains, restrooms, baggage carousels and elevators.
- In food courts, tables must be kept at least 2 meters apart.
- Inside the planes, it is recommended to suspend the in-flight service or, in the case of maintaining it, to prioritize food and drinks in individual and previously sanitized packages – the same goes for international flights.
In addition, airlines should, whenever possible, allocate travelers far from each other inside the aircraft, make liquid soap, running water, paper towels and alcohol gel available in the aircraft restrooms.
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