The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has published the regulations for flying in times of coronavirus.
The document, entitled “Providing a safe and sanitary operating environment for passengers and crew,” establishes a protocol for flights in these new conditions.
The goal is for passengers to not have physical contact with each other. As of now, traveling will only be allowed with a backpack or bag that fits under the seat in front of the passenger.
According to ICAO, the reason for the measure is related to the fact that both when boarding or getting off the aircraft, the placement and removal of carry-on bags causes numerous reasons for contact between people, regardless of the need to ask for help―not uncommon―or in the end delivering the suitcase so that it finally travels in what Cubans call “the belly of the plane.”
Other ICAO instructions include the need to use facemasks on all flights, at all airports, on all aircraft, to check in online and to work contactless in duty free shops and on shipping.
Regulations are also issued for the use of the on-board toilets, with a reserved area exclusively for the crew of the aircraft, always subject to greater risk.
ICAO instructions have to be converted into concrete legal requirements on all national airlines. It is a UN agency created in 1944 by the Convention on International Civil Aviation to study the problems of civil aviation and promote regulations and standards in world aviation.
It is chaired by a permanent council based in Montreal, Canada.