As we wait for the UK government to clarify the proposed quarantine regulations for air travel inbound to the UK, airlines are already making moves to ensure passenger safety for when they start operating once more.

With no single standard for COVID-19 flying, and each carrier having its own measures, the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming.  To try and make it easier to understand, we have pulled together a snapshot of the measures announced by various airlines.

You can download our guide by clicking on the link below:

Quick Guide to Airline COVID-19 Safety Measures 040620

NOTE – Correct at time of publishing – Thursday 4th June, 2020

There are some common measures, but also some new terminology explained below.

What are HEPA filters?

Most modern day aircraft (with the exception of some smaller aircraft) are equipped with High Efficiency Particle Filters (HEPA). The HEPA filtration system can make a complete air change approximately 15 to 30 times per hour, or once every two to four minutes.

What is EPA fogging?

EPA is the Environmental Protection Agency and fogging is the term used for the deep cleaning of aircraft. EPA standard sanitisation is to a level employed in operating theatres and many airlines are putting procedures in place to do this daily. See Delta Clean Procedures  

How will my temperature be taken?

This is will depend on each airline and airport authority. Some airports are already installing thermal scanners, but you could also be tested using contactless infrared thermometers, as used by Air France.


Personal Protective Equipment, sadly a term we are all too familiar with now, is likely to be mandatory. IATA recommends the use of face coverings for passengers, along with suitable PPE for airline and airport staff.

Biosecurity at the airports

Wherever possible, automation will be used to process customers for a flight and minimise passengers touch points, so expect online or self-service check in as standard and to be directed to self-bag drops for hold luggage.

It will be likely that desk screens will be installed, along with floor markings to ensure social distancing in queues. Many airports are redesigning gate areas, to accommodate social distancing measures.

Boarding procedures will be staggered, to ensure physical distancing can be achieved and may take longer as passenger numbers increase .


Expect to see some crew wearing PPE or facemasks.  Many airlines have also suspended food and beverage services on board to minimise the contact on board.

Several industry sources report the transmission of COVID-19 from one passenger to another passenger on board is very low. In addition to HEPA air filters, the direction of airflow on board is ceiling to floor, customers sit facing forward and not toward each other and seat backs provide a barrier. Once seated there is limited room for movement adding further protection.

At Clyde we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions, that keep you and your travellers safe and well. We remain by your side throughout the crisis. For further information please speak to our travel team.

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