Brits jetting off on holiday won’t be able to kiss their loved ones goodbye at airports or be met by them on their return to the UK under strict new travel rules.
Access to airport terminals will be limited to passengers, crew members and staff only, the Department For Transport announced today.
The measures are among a list of new safety protocols aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
The guidance states that to help social distancing in airports passengers should “enter the airport on their own, unless they are members of the same household”.
It says: “Only give non-passengers access to the airport where needed.
“For example, to pick up passengers with reduced mobility or unaccompanied minors, or for access to public transport.”
Passengers arriving back into the UK will be told “to leave the terminal as quickly as possible to minimise the risk of transmission”.
The guidance says: “Inform meet and greet individuals that access to the terminal is limited to passengers, crew members and staff.
“Where meet and greet cannot be avoided (for example passengers requiring assistance) set up a meet and greet area away from the main passenger flow.
“This will reduce the risk of the arriving passengers crossing paths with other people.”
Under the DfT guidance, airlines are encouraged to extensively clean aircraft, increase the availability of hand-washing and hand sanitiser, and reduce face-to-face contact between staff and passengers.
Passengers have been told to check in all luggage – including hand luggage – wear face coverings at all times and remain seated as much as possible during flights.
After coronavirus globally grounded the majority of flights, the travel industry is now working towards getting anxious Brits flying again.
At the moment, only essential travel is allowed but a summer holiday could be on the cards.
The Foreign Office has said that the advice is under review, with sources claiming that travel may soon be allowed to low-risk countries using ‘air bridges”.
The new guidance are for all UK airlines to follow when it’s safe to resume flying.