What experts are proposing for the future of air travel, post-pandemic
By Trent Sell
For some, the thought of flying brings on enough stress already. With the global pandemic of COVID-19 affecting every aspect of our lives, it is no surprise that airports and airlines will be making changes. So what does the future of air-travel look like?
Many airports have already begun to implement some of these changes, but more measures will be required for airports to safely open up commercial flights. The pandemic has been called “the new terrorism,” as a result, it’s the biggest crisis the airline industry has faced.
According to Forbes, the entire boarding and check-in process could be different. Experts are estimating up to 4 hours to get through it. This would include sanitation measures for luggage and passengers, social distancing, and spaced-out lines and walkways throughout the airport.
Steps under consideration
Here is a list of some of the major changes being considered. The list includes, “no cabin bags, no lounges, no automatic upgrades, face masks, surgical gloves, self-check-in, self-bag-drop-off, immunity passports, on-the-spot blood tests and sanitation disinfection tunnels.” – Forbes
Digital technologies will be at the forefront of implementing these new ideas. Using technology to reduce the number of “touchpoints” throughout the airport and biometric boarding to allow a person’s face to identify as their passport. Temperature screenings upon departure and arrival could be the new norm. In more extreme measures, some airports like Viena are requiring a blood test before entering into the country. Luckily, those measures are not likely to stay in place forever.
Food and drink refreshments are likely to change in some way during your flight. Some airlines are proposing that food will be eliminated altogether, especially during a long flight.
New York Times Niraj Chokshi summed up his thoughts on airline travel with these words.