“I think airplanes are probably the safest form of public transport compared to anarchy on the subway with people walking around,” added Prof. Woodcock.
He noticed that there was a misunderstanding about the air in the planes which, in fact, was replaced every three or five minutes after passing through a filter, adding: “The air in the planes is incredibly clean”.
Although airport temperature screening devices can act as a disincentive for people who may be ill, prof. Woodcock said the evidence suggests that they are ineffective. For example, they would be missing those with coronavirus without temperature and could cause delays in catching people with common colds.
The DfT guide recommended airlines to thoroughly clean aircraft, increase the availability of handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers and reduce face-to-face interactions between staff and passengers. The staff is also equipped with plastic visors and gloves.
The department also proposed travelers to check in all baggage before boarding to minimize contact with passengers and speed up boarding.
Another advice for passengers is to wear face shields at airports and to remain seated as much as possible during flights. People who do not wear masks or covers may be prevented from boarding.