Etihad Airways adapts to the corona crisis

Johanna Koyser
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Because of the Corona crisis, many frequent flyers, but also many occasional flyers, have not been on an airplane for some time. It is already clear that hygiene standards and precautions on board have changed. For many, however, it is still surprising how the stay at the airport and on the plane has changed. 

Today, we want to give our readers the opportunity to take a closer look at the changes in flying. This will help you prepare better for your upcoming flight and perhaps make you feel safer in advance. Our illustrative material is a newly published video from Etihad Airways.

The video not only gives an insight on board an Etihad Airways aircraft, but also into Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad’s home base. Many of the things the airline presents seem to be commonplace, such as wearing masks and gloves, spacing rules and regular disinfection. However, there are also additional new concepts to make flying safer in the future.

The “Fit to Fly” concept by Etihad

In particular, we are referring to the so-called “Fit to Fly” concept. Before a passenger arrives at the check-in, an automated health check should be carried out in a cabin. A computer measures the temperature and heart rate and also examines a respiratory check. If the passenger passes this “Fit to Fly” test, he or she can proceed directly to the check-in. Should the passenger fail the test, a further test is to be carried out with a qualified employee. But if the latter comes to the conclusion that the passenger is not fit to travel, he or she is not allowed to check in. If one is affected, it is of course more than annoying. But Etihad protects the rest of its passengers in this way.

Currently still a concept, but Etihad proves with the measures already taken from the video that it doesn’t have to be long before “Fit to Fly” becomes reality. Our WingMag team is eager to see if we can soon test the “Fit to Fly” cabins. Maybe the concept is even a potential candidate for the new category of the Crystal Cabin Award 2021.

Picture © Richard Vandervord / CC BY-SA

by Johanna Koyser

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