Living With Coronavirus: Here’s What Travelling By Air Would Be Like From Now On

Living With Coronavirus: Here’s What Travelling By Air Would Be Like From Now On

Airlines will resume on May 25 under strict norms issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to protect the passengers as well as the security personnel deployed at the airport from coronavirus 
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Here Are The Latest Guidelines For International Passengers Travelling To India Amid COVID-19 PandemicThe guidelines say that the passengers will be provided ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ along with their tickets by the agencies concerned
Highlights
  • Passengers will be required to report to the airport 2 hours before flights
  • Arogya Setu app is compulsory for passengers
  • People living in containment zones will not be allowed to travel 

New Delhi: The aviation sector is preparing to resume about a third of its operations, as domestic flights resume from Monday (May 25), under strict norms after 60 days of lockdown. The civil aviation ministry has released Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for flying in times of coronavirus, cautioning vulnerable persons, including the elderly, pregnant women and passengers with health issues to avoid air travel. While those living in containment zones will not be allowed to travel.

 

Passengers will be required to report to the airport 2 hours before flights and it is compulsory for them wear face mask. They will also be mandated to ensure social distancing at all places by following markers and signs prepared for this purpose, as per the guidelines.

At the airport, passengers will be required to go through thermal screening and the airport staff will also check passenger’s status on the Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app. If the app is not installed on the passenger’s phone, they will be directed to another counter facilitated by the airport, where the app can be downloaded.

Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms, or those whose Aarogya Setu status is “red”, will not be allowed to enter the terminal. Children under the age of 14 need not use the Aarogya Setu app. All passengers must also fill in a self-declaration form, the government has said.

Also Read: Fight Against COVID-19: Aarogya Setu App Now Accessible To People Without Smartphones

In order to ensure that the security staff doesn’t contract COVID-19, they will have minimum physical contact with passengers.

Passengers will be able to do only web-check in and obtain the baggage tag online as well, which will be printed and attached to luggage. They will be allowed one check-in bag per passenger and will need to drop off at least an hour before flight. The baggage receipt upon drop off at counter will be confirmed to the passenger via SMS.

Also Read: WHO Special Envoy Appreciates India For Keeping A Good Eye On Coronavirus Despite Low Testing When Compared To Other Countries

For security check, passengers will have to remove all metal items from their body to facilitate security screening. Staff will practice “minimum touch” to reduce physical contact with passengers.

After security screening, when passengers move to departure areas, they must follow sanitisation protocols.

Food and beverages (F&B) outlets at the airport can open on the condition that they must follow all COVID-19 precautions and enable take-away, digital payments, self-ordering booths. Passengers have to maintain social distance around any food and beverage or retail outlet that may be open.

Passengers will have to collect safety kit, mask, face shield, sanitiser near the boarding gate. They will scan the boarding pass near the gate and show their ID card to staff, to board the aircraft in a sequential manner,

All biohazardous waste – such as masks, gloves and tissues – must be disposed of in marked bins and bags.

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Once inside the aircraft, passengers are advised to minimise use of lavatory and not form queues on planes for bathrooms. They will not be served meals and passengers cannot bring their own food either but water bottles will be kept on every seat. Passengers will also not be allowed newspapers or magazines on board.

Upon arrival, passengers have to follow social distancing while waiting for baggage to arrive.

When it comes to the airlines maintaining hygiene and cleanliness to protect their staff and passengers, private aviation companies have independently released statements on the precautions they will be undertaking.

All the airlines have said that their crew, including cabin crew and ground staff, will wear appropriate PPE like masks, face shields, protective gowns and gloves, for their roles.

Vistara Airlines has said that it will operate a “reduced network” for the next few weeks connecting 24 cities across the country. All employees will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times.

The airline will also ensure disinfectant cleaning of all aircraft at the turn-around of every single flight and deep cleaning of all aircraft every 24 hours with approved disinfectant cleaners, Vistara said in its statement.

Also Read: Electronic Care Support Network In Uttar Pradesh To Help Hospitals Treating COVID-19 Patients

AirAsia India too announced that their pilots will have access to an ample amount of PPE like masks and sanitisers to upkeep their safety and hygiene.

Our well-trained cabin crew will be operating with adequate PPE, including masks, face shields, protective gowns and gloves and have been trained to assist with and manage medical situations in-flight, AirAsia India said in their statement.

On the other hand, IndiGo Airlines’ CEO Ronojoy Dutta released a statement where he said that all common surfaces such as baggage drop counters, boarding gates, coaches, ramps, wheelchairs, crew vehicles will be thoroughly disinfected using “approved cleaning agents”.

We will disinfect the aircraft before every flight. In addition, we will also follow a periodic fumigation of the aircraft. IndiGo will deep clean its aircraft every night, he noted.

He also said ground staff and cabin crew members will be wearing PPE.

IndiGo, will serve water on demand and hand over safety kits to passengers at the boarding gate, the statement further read.

The passenger kit provided by IndiGo would consist of sanitisers and surgical masks, it added.

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SpiceJet Airlines has also ensured that all its aircraft will be deep cleaned extensively with Boeing approved disinfectants before each boarding.

SpiceJet has implemented the best-in-class cleaning procedures on all its aircraft in addition to disinfecting customer touchpoints and surfaces before every flight. The cleaning procedure for flights includes a thorough wipe down using an effective, high-grade, Boeing-approved disinfectant across aircraft interiors including the places customers touch most – the tray tables, seat covers, armrests, seatbelts, window shades and lavatories and their knobs.

They further said that all SpiceJet aircraft now have synthetic leather seats, the statement read,

These are non-porous seats that don’t allow COVID-19 virus to penetrate inside them and can be easily wiped off compared to standard fabric seats.

Dr Praveen Danee, a physician in Delhi, spoke to NDTV about the recent orders issued and said that despite the fear-mongering related to COVID-19, it is time to go back to normalising of lives. He said,

It is a scary and unprecedented situation. There’s a fear in the air, and even if you step out right now and see people around, you can tell they are scared and the life is not normal. And as a matter of fact, it may not be normal for quite some time now. So the best thing to do as a population for us is to move forward. Follow the government guidelines and orders as these are formulated with expert advice. We all know what we need to do moving forward, we know how to go about living our lives. The only step is to follow up with the norms.

Dr Dani further highlighted the plight of people living in distress and couldn’t travel back to their hometowns due to the short notice of the lockdown.

We all are aware of the plight of poor migrant workers and daily wagers, it is absolutely shocking, heart-wrenching and an unfortunate situation. We can’t compare their stress with the target population who are capable to use airlines. However, this population includes migrant young students and bachelors or elderly citizens who are stuck in different towns other than their families. So resuming airlines with all the precautions in the place might be a good idea now, not in terms of controlling the virus but in terms of ‘till when will we live our lives in a halt’? Dr Dani signed off.

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All scheduled commercial passenger flights had been suspended since the lockdown was imposed on March 25, fight the coronavirus pandemic. However, repatriation flights, medical evacuation flights and cargo flights have been allowed to despite the lockdown.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, addressing a press conference said that all the air travel routes have been divided into seven sections based on the duration of flights ranging from 40 minutes to 210 minutes. The aim of the exercise is to control the fares.

World

11,25,51,131Cases
4,65,57,507Active
6,34,96,463Recovered
24,97,161Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 11,25,51,131 and 24,97,161 have died; 4,65,57,507 are active cases and 6,34,96,463 have recovered as on February 25, 2021 at 4:21 am.

India

1,10,46,914 16738Cases
1,51,708 4801Active
1,07,38,501 11799Recovered
1,56,705 138Deaths
In India, there are 1,10,46,914 confirmed cases including 1,56,705 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,51,708 and 1,07,38,501 have recovered as on February 25, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

21,21,119 8,807

60,559 5,955

20,08,623 2,772

51,937 80

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

10,45,009 4,106

53,153 1,796

9,87,720 5,885

4,136 17

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,49,183 334

6,096 15

9,30,778 313

12,309 6

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,89,503 94

603 28

8,81,732 66

7,168

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,49,629 463

4,062 12

8,33,089 469

12,478 6

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,38,373 200

1,137 128

6,26,331 70

10,905 2

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

6,03,103 128

2,190 78

5,92,192 203

8,721 3

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,74,301 202

3,377 22

5,60,668 221

10,256 3

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,36,835 68

588 22

3,34,333 90

1,914

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,19,801 99

1,204 9

3,15,812 90

2,785

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

3,11,680 247

2,911 66

3,04,956 309

3,813 4

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,98,264 207

1,852 107

2,94,782 99

1,630 1

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,70,097 130

955 47

2,66,099 82

3,043 1

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,68,147 380

1,869 83

2,61,871 296

4,407 1

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,62,357 54

509 39

2,60,310 92

1,538 1

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,60,313 344

2,270 119

2,54,186 223

3,857 2

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,17,454 27

1,606 2

2,14,757 25

1,091

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,79,819 558

3,598 303

1,70,435 248

5,786 7

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,26,093 74

771 5

1,23,367 69

1,955

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,19,719 32

431 16

1,18,201 47

1,087 1

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

97,031

491 0

94,850

1,690

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

58,457 34

229 11

57,233 23

995

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

54,700 52

495 16

53,416 35

789 1

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

39,656 28

189 10

38,801 17

666 1

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,400

25 22

32,984 22

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

29,250 7

41 5

28,836 2

373

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

21,541 41

250 23

20,940 17

351 1

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,836

4 0

16,776

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,958 3

18 2

13,792 5

148

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,192

8 4

12,093 4

91

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,807 11

53 8

9,624 3

130

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,132

47 0

5,950

135

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

5,016

4 1

4,950 1

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,413

23 1

4,380 1

10

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,404 2

4 2

3,398

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

322 6

86 6

236

0

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