Crown: IATA favors on-board face masks for everyone; refuses to vacate the center seat

NEW DELHI: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has spoken out in favor of passengers and crew wearing masks and masks while on board the planes. With the mandatory masks, the agency representing 290 airlines worldwide has spoken out against forcing social distancing measures that would leave ‘intermediate seats empty.

Many airlines and governments have said that flying a plane with one-third of the seats vacant may not be commercially viable, as that will mean increasing the cost of the two-thirds seats that can be sold.

The evidence suggests that the risk of transmission on board an aircraft is low. The use of masks by passengers and crew will reduce the already low risk, while avoiding the dramatic cost increases in air travel that onboard distancing measures would bring ... IATA does not recommend restricting seat use central to create social distancing on board an airplane. The evidence, although limited, suggests that the risk of virus transmission on board an aircraft is low, even without special measures, IATA said in a statement.

IATA Director General and Executive Director Alexandre de Juniac said: “The safety of passengers and crew is paramount. The aviation industry is working with governments to restart flight when this can be done safely. Evidence suggests that the risk of transmission on board an aircraft is low. And we will take steps such as the use of face covers by passengers and masks by the crew to add additional layers of protection. We must come up with a solution that gives passengers the confidence to fly and that the cost of flying is affordable. One without the other will have no lasting benefit.

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In addition to facial coatings, IATA has proposed these proposed layers of temporary biosecurity measures: temperature control of passengers, airport workers, and travelers; boarding and disembarking processes that reduce contact with other passengers or crew; limit movement within the cabin during flight; More frequent and deep cabin cleaning and simplified catering procedures that reduce crew movement and passenger interaction.

When tested and available at scale, COVID-19 testing or immunity passports could also be included as temporary biosecurity measures, IATA said.