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Could This Be the "New Normal" of Air Travel After COVID-19?

Cebu Pacific has released new rules for passengers, which includes the mandatory use of face masks during the entire flight.
Could This Be the "New Normal" of Air Travel After COVID-19?
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Cebu Pacific has released new rules for passengers, which includes the mandatory use of face masks during the entire flight.

Although the thought of traveling may still seem like a far off dream as of the moment, the travel industry is already in the process of adjusting to the new normal. 

Budget airline Cebu Pacific, in particular, recently revealed their own health safety measures to ensure passengers of a clean environment before and during their flights once air travel is permitted again after the pandemic. 

Included in the guidelines is the requirement of all ground staff, pilots, and cabin crew to wear PPEs while on duty. Self-check in kiosks, check-in, bag drop counters, and shuttle buses will also undergo frequent cleaning and disinfection procedures, while hand sanitizers will be available around passenger areas. 

“As part of CEB’s commitment to flatten the curve, pilots and cabin crew members will undergo rapid antibody testing to ensure that they are healthy and in top condition before boarding their flights,” Cebu Pacific further discloses. “Those flying as soon as the quarantine is lifted will be assured that the cabin air is clean and safe. The airline’s fleet of Airbus jets are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filters to block microscopic bacteria and virus clusters, including the Novel CoronaVirus, with 99.9% efficiency.”

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Aside from imposing strict safety measures on their facilities and staff, the airline has also released a set of new rules that passengers are required to follow post-coronavirus.

Read up on the future of air travel below:

Self-check in and no-touch boarding.

1. Passengers are strongly advised to check in online to lessen the need for human contact. They’re also now expected to arrive at the airport two hours before their flights as check-in counters will be closed 60 minutes before scheduled boarding.

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2. If you’re traveling in a group, only one person should proceed to the baggage drop-off counter to check-in your luggage.

3. To further avoid contact, upon boarding, instead of handing over your boarding pass for scanning, you’re now required to simply hold it out with the barcode facing the airline staff.

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Changes in in-flight experience.

1. Passengers are now required to wear face masks throughout the entire flight.

2. Passengers are also expected to stow their own hand-carry bags in the overhead bins by themselves.

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3. The airlines is also asking that passengers practice self-disposal of trash at the end of the flight.

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4. To maintain social distancing, middle seats will be kept vacant and strictly no changing of seats will be implemented.

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