San Francisco´s ABC7 has announced US airlines are taking individual approaches to making passengers feel safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the news source said.
The airlines have flexibility to decide what safety measures are best. The bottom line is how confident are passengers while there´s no vaccine before jumping back on planes for business trip or vacations?
There are no standards and practices for health and safety, so passengers are deciding what makes them feel protected.
Some airlines are leaving middle seats open when possible to provide distancing while one airline was going to charge for empty buffer seats but backed off when criticized.
President of the Airline Pilots Association stressed the importance of a standardized methodology dealing with the crisis. He said he would like the FAA to regulate and enforce coronavirus safety measures.
The largest carrier at SFO, United, is implementing new cabin cleaning, involving electrostatic fogging of each plane´s interior. Starting next month, this will be done before each flight. Also, it´s instituting back-to-front passenger loading so people pass empty seats. While plexiglass barriers are becoming common, they´re not under consideration right now to isolate seats. United says it is open to new industry-wide protocols.
With some passengers on edge, and no single approach to safety measures, passengers will be able to select which airlines they think has adopted the best safety measures. But that also makes the comeback of air travel all the more complex.