Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, has announced that its member airlines are supporting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines and will begin checking the temperature of the traveling public and customer-facing employees. Temperature checks are one of several public health measures recommended by the CDC amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will add an extra layer of protection for passengers as well as airline and airport employees. As all screening processes for the traveling public are the responsibility of the U.S. government, having temperature checks performed by the TSA will ensure that procedures are standardized, providing consistency across airports so that travelers can plan appropriately.
Last week, A4A’s carrier members voluntarily announced that they are requiring customer-facing employees and passengers wear facial coverings during check-in, boarding, in flight and deplaning.
A4A’s member carriers all meet or exceed CDC guidance and have implemented intensive cleaning protocols. Carriers are working around the clock to sanitize cockpits, cabins and key CDC-approved disinfectants. Additionally, A4A carriers have aircraft equipped with HEPA filters and have implemented policies such as back-to-front boarding and adjusting food and beverage services to reduce interaction.