With lock down measures being eased in France today (May 11), Air France announced it will check passengers’ temperatures and would bar anyone from boarding if it is deemed too high.
According to a report in Agence France Presse, passengers, crew and staff dealing with customers must also wear masks, in line with requirements for all public transport, the airline said in statement.
Air France will progressively implement temperature checks on departure from all its flights,” starting May 11, 2020. These systematic checks will be carried out with contact-less infrared thermometers.
Customers with temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius “may be denied boarding and their reservation will be changed at no extra charge on a flight at a later date.
Masks will be required of all passengers, all crew and agents who deal with customers.
The company said it will also try to space passengers as far apart as possible, which is easier given the drop in demand for air travel.
It will also thoroughly disinfect planes with heavy chemicals, including using a product deemed to be effective against viruses for ten days. There will be no drinks or food served on board domestic flights or short trips within Europe.
Air France said its planes are equipped with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters identical to those used in hospital operating theaters.
The filters extract virtually all small viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres, it said. The Corona-virus ranges between 0.08 and 0.16 micrometres.
France is due to start easing a lock down that began in mid-March as the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths show signs of slowing.
Asia Times / ABC Flash point News 2020.