Airlines are introducing new preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Say ‘Ah’.Passengers and crew will have to get their temperature checked before boarding, and thermal body scanners will monitor flyers as they pass through the airport.
- Priority waiting. Many airlines are boarding planes from back to front, so business and first-class passengers will end up being the last ones to get on board…awkward.
- Bathroom pass. Say goodbye to the Mile High Club. Ryanair makes passengers raise their hands to go to the bathroom so only one person can go at a time.
- Sit & stare. Say goodbye to magazines, meal services, and duty-free carts. Airlines are cutting out the amenities to limit the risk of contact between passengers and crew.
How does it affect my wallet?
Southwest and United recently saw a slight uptick in demand for flights, but air travel demand is still down more than 92% this month from May 2019.
- It seems like many will pass on this year’s vacation rather than deal with the new “hassles.”
Bailout, again?! The airline industry might need another bailout before it’s all said and done. The effects of the pandemic could hinder the industry for months – or even years – to come. Making these changes will be expensive, so it’s going to be hard for some airlines to survive.
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