How To Fix The Airline/Travel Madness, Improve Safety and Increase Business During Covid-19
Without Government Direction, There Is A Need To Fix The Airline/Travel Madness
The current flight and public area restrictions aren't entirely wrong, but the threat of complete lockdown is. The local response of school, university, church gathering-- closures and going online is an excellent example of safety without causing chaos and disrupting continuing stability. Keeping restaurants open with drive through service/pick up only is another good example of safety, without complete disruption as long as good hand sanitizing/hand washing cautionary precautions are taken.
The problem with the flight restrictions wreaking havoc in airports is that they did not provide airlines or public places such as grocery stores guidance on how to implement the restrictions so that they would lead to safety rather than havoc, chaos and madness and further risk. Grocery stores have already implemented ways to alleviate the chaos created by the restrictions, but airlines have not. Following are ways to fix the Airline/travel madness, reduce risk of spread, increase traveler safety and keep the nation stable and moving forward.
How To Fix The Problems Airlines Are Facing and Improve Safety.
As Masses of people are stuck in airport lines waiting for hours to be tested in order to be allowed on flights. Essentially people can be infected by others even when there are no symptoms so the better method is to assume everybody is potentially sick so minimize the risk of spread by limiting physical contact and close proximity between people increasing safety and keep the airlines going, improve air quality and individual protective gear. Following are ways to do this
1. Reduce the number of people flying on each airplane to half by limiting the number of flyers on each flight, separating flyers with an empty seat in between passengers or one passenger per row. which in turn reduces the number of people at the airport and people waiting in line to be tested.
2. Stagger more frequent flights: make outbound flights go out every hour and a half with an hour in between domestic inbound flights and two hours between international flight, so that inbound and outbound people aren't coming into contact and reduced number of people at the airport.
3. Increase disinfecting measures by involving the clients through individual responsibility to reduce airline employee added burden/extra work and time: passengers should be hand sanitizing and wiping their own chairs before and after seating. Provide each passenger two wipes at boarding. Passengers should wipe their hands prior to entering the plane/as they enter, wipe the seat before seating, wipe the seat when leaving and washing, sanitizing their hands after exiting the plane and frequently at the airport. Keep people at least 5 feet apart form each other unless they are parent and young children.
4. Improve air quality inside the plane and at the airport with the use of ion air purifiers and hot humidifiers.
5. Improve air quality and individual air bubble: Is it possible to drop the oxygen masks during flights and create individual air pockets for passengers with clear, large, inexpensive plastic-bag enclosures for each passenger? A large clear plastic bag from head to toe only allowing the oxygen mask to pass through. Do these bags cost billions of dollars? No, they are thin and can be found through commercial business suppliers. As crazy or silly as this may seem, this would be like creating a simple hazmat disposable suit for each passenger to be disposed off upon exiting the plane and thrown away. Would passengers do this if they were all required to do it by the airline, even if it looks silly? I think they would, but NOT if it were just one individual doing it, they might feel WEIRD so it has to be required or not all of them would.
Would this precautions reduce the amount amount of people in the airport at the same time? The amount of people in a plane? the proximity between people. Keep the airlines going rather than come to a complete stop? yes. How to increase flights home? stagger more frequent flights with less people.
6. Can they fly high risk clients?
yes! one flight a day should fly high risk clients with hazmat suits for the flight attendants, pilots, and passengers and individual row quarantine off with plastic barriers and oxygen masks.
As extreme and crazy as this may seem, can it be done. I think it can!!!