United Airlines has added a new step to the check-in process ahead of all of its flights, which requires travelers to explain whether they have COVID-19 and are staying healthy.
- United Airlines tweeted out the new policy on Wednesday.
- The new policy — called “Ready-to-fly” — includes a checklist that acts as a self-assessment related to COVID-19.
The next time you check in for a flight you will see a "Ready-to-fly" checklist. Based on recommendations from @ClevelandClinic, the self-assessment is one of many ways our CleanPlus program is prioritizing health and safety during travel. https://t.co/19l6nr0gcj pic.twitter.com/j5FZbyHVDd— United Airlines (@united) June 10, 2020
- The checklist includes a reminder for people to wear a mask while on a flight. It includes a list of common COVID-19 symptoms. You must also declare whether you’ve experienced the symptoms within the previous 14 days before your flight.
- The checklist also asks whether you’ve been denied by another airline to fly. And it asks if you’ve had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Why the steps were added:
- United’s corporate medical director Pat Baylis said in a statement to NPRthat the new policy “sets clear guidelines on health requirements for our customers and helps minimize the risk of exposure during the travel experience.”
Should you fly during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Experts haven’t agreed whether travel is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations for air travel. Risks are connected to it.
- CDC said: “Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.”