Aviation: Passengers at London Stansted Airport will have to wear gloves and masks

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Passengers and staff at Stansted Airport will now have to wear gloves and cover their faces in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

These strict new rules are being introduced this week by Manchester Airports Group, which manages Stansted along with two other airports in England.

People will also have their temperature tested as part of a ‘trial’ to screen those who could have contracted COVID-19, reports Manchester Evening News.

Passengers could also be asked to make a ‘health declaration’ to confirm they are asymptomatic before entering the terminal – or even provide the results of a COVID-19 test.

The measures, says Charlie Cornish, Group CEO of Manchester Airports Group, have been drawn up following consultation with medical experts and in the absence of official guidance from the government.

It comes amid calls from across the industry for Whitehall to set a framework for minimum standards for all UK airports to adhere to.
The government has said temperature testing is not reliable, although it is used in parts of Africa and the Middle East where there have been far fewer deaths.

With airport leaders now understood to be frustrated with the waiting, they have taken the steps ahead of further international guidelines they expect to be introduced in the coming weeks.

With airport leaders now understood to be frustrated with the waiting, they have taken the steps ahead of further international guidelines they expect to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Airport bosses say the full details are still being hammered out, but the changes, to be launched this week, mean:
• All airport staff will wear gloves and face masks
• All passengers will be required to wear gloves and face coverings. Travellers are expected to bring their own and they can include scarves or other makeshift measures. The airport will provide protective equipment for those without. As passenger numbers rise they will be expected to provide their own.
• Trialling some technologies such as temperature measurement
This will add to existing measures put in place by Stansted Airport bosses.

In a statement a spokesperson said: “Enhanced monitoring procedures for flights are in place along with information leaflets and posters. We have also implemented additional cleaning processes and procedures, for example enhanced cleaning of security trays and other facilities in our terminal building.

“We’ve added extra signs directing passengers to our toilet facilities so it’s easy to find somewhere to wash your hands.”
Charlie Cornish, Group CEO of MAG said: “Government has been slow to work with the UK aviation industry on what flying will look like in the new world.

“It is vital that we work together to establish a clear and workable set of proposals, so that we are in position to lead discussions with other countries.

By Charlie Lawrence-Jones
Source: mylondon.news

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