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How the Airline Industry Is Adapting to COVID-19

The coronavirus has caused many changes in the way we do things, and the airline industry is no exception. There are now many positive changes taking place in sky flight, including continued interest in obtaining a pilot’s license.



Much Effort Being Placed into Regaining Customer Confidence


With air travel at a virtual standstill for so long, airlines know that a concerted effort needs to be made in order to regain the confidence of their customers. For example, many airlines are seeing positive reactions from seating plans that leave the middle seats vacant to allow for adequate distancing.


Masks are now mandatory for employees and customers of all major airlines in the United States. The rule was put in place to protect all on board, but it is being met with some controversy. Despite this, however, a large percentage of passengers expressed having no issue with wearing a face mask on a voluntary basis.


Airlines are also ensuring that cleanliness and hygiene continue to take top priority on their aircraft and are continuing to confirm that customers know this at all times. Some have mandated that their crews start wearing personal protective equipment or PPE during all flights.


New Technology Being Tested


The onset of the virus has made non-contact a priority in virtually every industry, including for airlines. To that end, contactless services are being developed that may be implemented for future flights.


Passengers may soon monitor their respiratory and heart rates prior to checking in via a contactless, voice-activated kiosk. This particular solution is currently being tested at Abu Dhabi’s airport. Should an infection be detected, this early warning would also disallow the passenger from using self-service check-ins or going through bag-drop processes.


Other technology may include an enclosed area that offers full-body sanitation and disinfection. Yet another solution is the application of a microbial coating to all high-touch surfaces in airline terminals. Both of these solutions are being tested at Hong Kong’s International Airport.




Planning for the Future


Long-term plans are also being envisioned for future technology that would protect all passengers. These may include an injectable chip that allows each passenger’s health to be monitored without contact. Bigger airports may eventually be constructed that allow new social distancing requirements and contain more elements that are contactless.


The speculation about air travel in the future continues but, regardless of the direction in which the situation turns, future airline passengers will likely need to adapt to new measures that have been designed for their safety, as well as of all airline employees.


Want to Fly? Get Your License at Kingsky


The future of flight will see continued travel with added technology to ensure the safety of passengers and crew alike. With airline pilots continuing to retire, there’s never been a better time than now to become a pilot. Owned by airline pilots, Kingsky offers over 60 years of experience and only the highest standards of training. To learn more about Kingsky Flight Academy and how to enroll, call 1-863-248-2543.


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