All of us can’t wait for worldwide travel bans to be lifted, and before you rush to secure for those highly coveted travel tickets, there are some updates you have to be aware of!
The effects of Covid-19 on travel are starting to be seen and felt with new implementations of travel requirements by Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its affiliated carriers.
Let’s take a look at some of the newly implemented measures that all of us will have to get used to for the foreseeable future.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir
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SIA detailed a flight advisory on their website, prompting the new regulatory requirements that all passengers and flight crew will have to adhere to.
Wearing of face masks throughout the flight will be mandatory. Do note that passengers will have to bring their own face masks.
Social distancing will also be carried out queuing for the lavatory, as well as when embarking and disembarking, aided by both ground and flight crew.
Flights to Singapore will require all passengers to undergo health assessments which include temperature checks and health declaration.
Here’s where some people may start to groan, if the above aren’t inconveniences enough, meals will be suspended for flights within Southeast Asia and services to Mainland China. Instead, there will a snack bag with water and some refreshments provided during boarding.
All other flights not directed to the above destinations will still have meals included. With that said, the hot towel service will be suspended, and all reading materials including the meal card will be removed on all flights.
These measures are also applied to its regional wing, SilkAir.
The budget arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, will also see the same above measures implemented.
Additionally, passengers will be asked to limit cabin baggage to 3kg, which is a substantial scale down from the previous 10kg and 15kg in Economy and ScootPlus respectively with effect from 1 June 2020.
This will help to facilitate efficient boarding, health, and security clearance which will be stepped up due to Covid-19. The remaining baggage will have to be checked in at no additional costs.
Temperature screenings will be mandatory as well, and any passenger found to be having higher temperatures than normal will not be allowed to board.
Such measures will no doubt be cumbersome and will take some getting used to. But alas, such is the price we’ll have to pay, at least when travel first opens up and everyone is wary of a new outbreak of the Coronavirus.
No one can say for certain how long these measures will stay in place, but let’s all do our part in travelling safely so we can go back to enjoying the experiences the world has to offer as quickly and as smoothly as possible.