Today we travel to the United States, where the National Air Carrier Association (NACA
) has issued an initial set of principles that it recommends for the resumption of regular commercial flight operations. With their top creative minds at work, it's affectionately named ‘SAFETY’. The plan outlines certain principles that will lead to the actions that NACA asserts must be taken to ensure that the US airline industry can restore public confidence to, well, start flying en masse again.
In a quote from the Association: “The SAFETY principles are a critical first step in what we believe should be a collaborative planning process between the federal government and industry stakeholders for US airlines to resume normal flight operations when it is safe to do so,”
said NACA president and CEO, George Novak. “The US airline industry will be a vital component of America’s economic recovery..."
What is this "SAFETY" they speak of you ask, it is an acronym, referring to the following:
- Safety: Every effort must be taken to ensure that passengers, crews and those working on aircraft are protected from further exposure to the Covid-19 virus
- Access: Access to air travel – and the resulting consumer spending at hotels, restaurants, resorts and retail establishments – will be a critical element of economic recovery
- Flexibility: Airlines must have the flexibility to shift aircraft and routes to meet demand as it ebbs and flows during the recovery
- Economic viability: Restrictions on air travel cannot be so stringent that passengers can’t fly easily and affordably, and airlines can’t return to profitability and protect jobs
- Testing: The federal government must work quickly and methodically to deploy a measured approach to Covid-19 testing in airports that utilises the latest technologies for both screening (e.g., non-contact temperature scanning and effective antibody testing) and credentialing (biometric or tamper-proof identification systems) for those safe to fly and interact with others
- You: The most critical element in returning to the skies is you, the passenger. More than anything else, aviation cares about passenger health and safety and helping us all return to better days.
Will this be the catalyst to enlist public confidence and ultimately the return of open borders from airport to airport world wide?
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