Air France has made this announcement:
From May 11, 2020 and to ensure the highest level of health and safety, Air France will progressively implement temperature checks on departure from all its flights. These systematic checks will be carried out with contactless infrared thermometers.
A body temperature below 38°C will be required to travel. Customers whose temperature is higher than this may be denied boarding and their reservation will be changed at no extra charge on a flight at a later date.
On May 11, 2020, the wearing of masks will also be made compulsory on all flights operated by Air France, in application of the French directive on the wearing of masks on public transport.
Customers will be notified of these new measures via all communication channels (e-mail, sms, websites) prior to their departure.
These measures are in addition to those implemented by Air France and its partners in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, which include:
- The compulsory wearing of masks for all crew members and agents in contact with customers,
- The modification of customer channels at the airport, with the application of physical distancing measures throughout the airport and the installation, where possible, of Plexiglas protection screens at airports,
- The implementation of physical distancing on board where possible. On almost all flights, the current low load factors make it possible to separate customers as required. In cases where this is not possible, requiring all passengers and crew to wear masks ensures adequate health protection.
- The reinforcement of daily aircraft cleaning procedures, with the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens,
- The introduction of a specific procedure for disinfecting aircraft by spraying an approved virucidal product with an effective duration of ten days,
- Adapting in-flight service to limit interaction between customers and crew members. On domestic flights and short flights in Europe, meal and beverage services have been suspended. On long-haul flights, cabin service is limited and preference is given to individually wrapped products.
In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board Air France aircraft is equipped with “High Efficiency Particulate Air” or HEPA filters, identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. These filters extract more than 99.99% of the smallest viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres, thus ensuring that cabin air complies with quality standards. Coronavirus type viruses, ranging in size from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometres, are filtered through the HEPA filters.
CLEANING OF CABINS AND ACCESSORIES
– Cleaning of all hard surfaces (e.g. tablets, armrests, screens, remote controls and toilets) with approved disinfectants
– Systematic changing of blankets, sealed under protective plastic film packaging for optimal hygiene
– Since the outbreak of the virus, cushions have been removed on short and medium-haul flights.
On long-haul flights to and from high-risk areas, cushions are cleaned between each flight with an approved disinfectant.
DISINFECTION OF CABINS
Air France reminds passengers that the health and safety of its customers and staff is an absolute priority. All the airline’s teams are fully mobilized to ensure the highest levels of health and safety for its customers and to ensure they travel in complete confidence.
Top Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPX (msn 32698) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 949941.
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