Retail and food outlets at US airports are facing billions in losses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Airport Restaurant and Retail Association says many businesses at airports are likely to close permanently. "The current trajectory... will usher in a wave of permanent restaurant and retail closures that will turn bustling airports once pulsing with energy into ‘ghost towns’ even after travel recovers," the association said.
United Airlines will implement new procedures to maximize air flow volume on high-efficiency particulate air filtration systems during boarding and deplaning on all mainline aircraft to help further reduce the spread of COVID-19. "We know the environment on an aircraft is safe and because the air flow is designed to minimize the transmission of disease, the earlier we maximize air flow over our HEPA filtration system, the better for our crew and our customers," CEO Scott Kirby said.
The Transportation Security Administration screened 4.65 million people at airport checkpoints in the week that ended July 19, a 4% drop from the previous week and the first decrease since air travel began to slowly come back in April. Airline executives attribute the decrease to an uptick in coronavirus infections and quarantine measures adopted by some states.
Southwest Airlines, Delta and JetBlue are among carriers that have reserved space in aircraft to accommodate social distancing, while United Airlines has continued to fill its aircraft to capacity. Airlines are caught between the need to generate revenue and travelers' concerns regarding the coronavirus.
Southwest and American Airlines have expanded their face covering requirements to apply throughout the airport areas they operate and will not allow exceptions for any passenger over two-years-old. Southwest also said that it will try out thermal screening at Dallas Love Field, its home airport.
Delta Air Lines is sharing about developments in touchless technology for travelers, including facial recognition available in several cities. Use of biometrics is optional and Delta says customers' privacy will be protected.
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