Masks at Top of List of New Airport Safety Measures

It remains to be seen when air travel will return to normal levels, but your next flight will undoubtedly be a lot different.
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Authorities in Europe predict a 400% increase in airline travel in June as borders reopen and the travel bans imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19 are lifted.

In the U.S., while domestic air traffic still remains significantly low, airports are starting to see a slight uptick in passengers as states begin to ease stay-at-home orders. Passengers will notice a number of changes at Pittsburgh International Airport, beginning with the requirement that everyone, including airline workers and maintenance employees, wear a mask.

“When passengers are ready to begin traveling again, we will be ready to welcome them, and welcome them safely, by implementing social-distancing guidelines and other measures throughout the terminal,” April Gasparri, PIT’s senior vice president of public safety, operation and maintenance told Blue Sky News.

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Other changes include:

  • Signage and floor markings for guidance on six-foot social distancing
  • Shields and barriers installed in high-traffic areas, including public counters, checkpoints and baggage claim
  • Reconfigured seating at gates and other high-traffic areas to allow for social distancing
  • Continued, frequent deep-cleaning practices in all public spaces and restrooms, with additional hand-sanitizing stations added throughout the terminal
  • The use of UV light in airport public areas such as floors, and on the handrails of moving walkways and escalators to reduce contaminants

“This initiative will continue to grow as we implement evolving best practices and the latest technology to benefit our passengers and staff through UV disinfection, touchless transactions and more,” says PIT CEO Christina Cassotis.

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