In most cases, wearing a face mask on flights has become customary.
Thermal body scanners, electronic temperature checks, sanitation stations, and sweeping disinfection policies are just a few of the many new practices that have become commonplace in airports around the world.
These photos show what it looks like to fly right now.
The coronavirus pandemic has left airports looking eerily empty. In the US alone, air travel demand has fallen as much as 95%.
In Brazil, an empty runway is seen at the Guarulhos International Airport on May 19.
The International Air Transport Association has previously warned that European airlines could see demand drop 55% this year. Here, empty luggage carts are seen in France, where travel restrictions have been strict.
Airport restaurants have been left abandoned, as well. In this photo, dining areas at the Hong Kong International Airport are completely shuttered.
But people are still booking flights for necessary travel. In this photo at an airport in Spain, passengers are seen lining up six feet apart to check in at an otherwise empty terminal.
Some airports have begun implementing social distancing by using labels across the floor that tell passengers where to stand while they check in for a flight, like these at Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
At security, some airports have implemented thermal scanners that check a passenger’s body heat, as a way to detect a fever. But about a quarter of coronavirus patients don’t develop a fever, and many don’t have symptoms at all.
Thermal scanners were previously used in some airports during the SARS outbreak in 2003, and the Ebola scare in 2014. Rather than having airport personnel physically scan people before a flight, thermal scanners can monitor body heat on a television screen from a distance.
Others are giving out informational booklets and coronavirus kits on how to stay safe during the pandemic.
Wearing a face mask on flights has become the new norm. Most major US and international airlines are recommending the use of a face mask, and the International Air Transport Association has said it supports the mandatory use of masks.
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