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Brits Urged To Wear Masks And Not To Bring Hand Luggage Under New Travel Advice

Brits Urged To Wear Masks And Not To Bring Hand Luggage Under New Travel Advice

If air travel is to resume as soon as possible, this might be how it has to be

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

New government advice surrounding air travel urges Brits not to bring hand luggage and wear face masks to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

As well as that, airlines have been asked to attempt to minimise the number of face-to-face interactions between staff and passengers whilst on the plane and in the airport.

This new guidance is expected to come into force as soon as the restrictions on air travel are eased, and the UK government decides that it is OK for airlines to start operating once again.

It reads: "You are strongly encouraged to check in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage.

"This will speed up boarding and disembarking, and minimise the risk of transmission."


So, ordinarily it would cost additional fees to check a bag into the hold, so whether those will be waived or not is something that needs to be worked out.

As of Monday, checking in a 15kg bag on an easyJet flight between Gatwick and Glasgow would have set you back an additional £23.99.

For British Airways, that can be as much as £25 for a 23kg bag to be put into the hold on the cheapest flight out of Heathrow.

While it's all a bit academic at the minute, given that nobody can actually fly anywhere outside of the UK anyway, this is definitely something that the airlines will have to get in hand before too long.

Also, if everyone has checked a bag into the hold, does this not simply mean they'll all be gathered around the baggage collection area, instead of just leaving the airport when they disembark?

We'll just have to see.

On top of these new rules, airlines are to also be expected to regularly disinfect and extensively clean all aircraft that take passengers, and increase hand washing and the availability of hand sanitiser.


As it stands, the airline industry, and the tourism sectors of many countries, are looking forward to getting back up and running again.

Only essential travel is permitted right now, but there's a decent chance that some summer holidays might actually be able to happen after all.

The Foreign Office is currently reviewing advice on travel, and there's a growing hope that travel to low-risk countries will soon be able to resume.

The new guidance was welcomed by the chief executive of Airlines UK - the body that represents the UK's major passenger airlines - Tim Alderslade. He said: "They demonstrate how airlines can apply targeted and multi-layered measures to ensure air travel is safe for customers and crew.

"The guidelines pave the way for the introduction of air bridges, and there is no reason we shouldn't be getting clarity from Government on when and how these will be established over the coming days."

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