As you make arrangements for the 103rd Lions Clubs International Convention in Montréal, you may have questions regarding airline travel and the measures being taken to ensure safety. Below, you can find information on safety measures and policy updates from United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines.
Through its United CleanPlus initiative, United puts your health and safety first, with industry-leading cleanliness measures, innovations to ensure your health and procedures to prioritize your well-being. Read about CleanPlus and more here. These new procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Requiring all travelers age 2 and up to wear a mask in the airport and for the duration of the flight
- Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect the cabin prior to departure
- Using state-of-the-art HEPA filters to circulate and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
- Boarding fewer customers at a time and boarding back to front rows after pre-boarding
- Employing a full-time, onsite medical director
Delta developed its Delta CareStandard to provide a safer experience in three layers — cleanliness, more space and safer service — at every step, going beyond what’s required to ensure your health and safety. You can read frequently asked questions about these new standards and more here. Below are just a few examples of the measures being taken:
- Offering care kits with masks and hand sanitizing wipes at check-in and at the gate
- Allowing 12 oz. of hand sanitizer through security checkpoints
- Sanitizing aircrafts with electrostatic sprayers every day before every flight
- Wiping down every surface and lavatories on flights
- Reducing cabin capacity and blocking middle seats to ensure space between guests (families may sit together onboard if they choose to)
As part of its ongoing commitment to keeping passengers safe from COVID-19, American Airlines developed its Clean Commitment to limit contact, maintain cleanliness and ensure hygiene in the airport and on flights. The Clean Commitment includes, but is not limited to:
- Enabling touchless check-in and boarding
- Setting up Purell® Advanced hand sanitizing stations
- Providing modified food and beverage service in the airport and on flights
- Using HEPA filters to remove 99.97% of airborne particles
- Using hospital-grade disinfectant on flights and in the airport
Additional safety measures
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has updated its safety measures to help ensure the health and safety of passengers traveling through Canada. These include requiring face coverings or masks, temperature screenings in Canada’s 15 busiest airports (including Montréal-Trudeau), maintaining a two-metre (6 ft.) distance from others whenever possible, holding your own electronic or printed boarding passes and more.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the U.S. has similarly updated its safety precautions and requirements, as noted in the infographic below.