SAS Introduces New Air Travel Safeguards

SAS has introduced a number of safeguards to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus as passengers return to the skies.

Starting from 18 May to 31 August, passengers 6 years of age and older will be required to wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth when boarding the plane and leaving the plane.

The airline will introducee new boarding procedures to ensure distancing between passengers, with those holding seats at the back of the plane boarding first.

The airline has eliminated loose articles from the seats such as newspapers in the seat pocket, pillows, blankets to expedite deep cleaning and disinfection procedures.

“Good infection control routines and dry, clean air onboard make aviation a safe means of transport. Health and safety is SAS’s most important priority and we want our passengers to feel safe,” says Mattias Hedrén, VP Safety & Security at SAS.

All food service on board is temporarily paused, to reduce contact times between passengers and crew.

Hand luggage is limited to one article per passenger.

SAS complies with the requirements of both national and international authorities and follows industry practices. The airline will continue to make adjustments as needed on an ongoing basis and hopes for coordination of regional and international aviation regulations to create clarity and predictability for both airlines and passengers.

Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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