It’s almost time to fly domestic again – fingers crossed for June – and The Qantas Group is flying into action with their Fly Well program.
The Qantas Group, which includes both Jetstar and Qantas has released a video outlining the Fly Well program and the big changes ahead when the time comes to board a plane, including contactless check-in, hygiene packs, and face masks for everyone.
Keep your distance when checking in with contactless check-in via online or the app. Many of us do this already but this is now the norm. There will also be contactless scanning of boarding passes to further reduce shared contact.
All terminals will also have hand sanitising stations. And, of course, the 1.5m rule still applies so no crowding the family in front of you, thank you very much.
Masks at the ready!
One thing all passengers can expect (from June) when they board the plane is their very own face mask which is such a good idea we reckon! Passengers are encouraged to wear it before and during the flight but it’s not mandatory at this stage. Passengers can also bring their own masks.
In addition to face masks, all passengers will receive a sanitising wipes in their hygiene packs so you can wipe down your seat belts, trays and armrests before taking your seat.
Same seat situation
One change you won’t find is more space which, I have to admit, I was kind of hoping for. After all, cramming into those little seats isn’t exactly ideal.
To keep with the 1.5m social distancing rule, airlines would need to leave a free seating between each passenger. But, alas, this has not been confirmed to be the case.
However, as the Fly Well Program video explains, there isn’t much risk to in-air contamination once on board, especially with the super purifying system (also known as High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters) they have recently installed.
The Qantas Group also confirms extra cleaning measures with a disinfectant effective against Coronaviruses, especially in high contact areas such as seats, seatbelts, overhead lockers, air vents, and toilets.
You can have a look at the rest of the changes in the video below:
To fly or not to fly
Although there is clearly some massive changes going on, many families are still hesitant to fly. Air travel is how we got into this COVID mess to begin with and many people are concerned a second wave is most likely coming.
What are your thoughts? Will you be boarding a plane as soon as you can or will you continue to stay home for a while longer? Have your say on our Facebook page.
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