Boeing has announced a new initiative aimed at developing solutions to help minimize air travel health risks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Confident Travel Initiative team will also focus on raising awareness of existing health safeguards. According to Boeing, work on the initiative will be conducted in partnership with airlines, global regulators, industry stakeholders, flying passengers, infectious disease experts and behavioral specialists.
“Boeing’s effort will build on the industry’s enhanced safety approaches—including enhanced cleaning, temperature checks and the use of face coverings—and promote the proven systems already in place to help maintain cabin cleanliness,” the company said. “Boeing continues to research and evaluate new technologies to enhance safety, including ultraviolet light disinfecting systems and antimicrobial coatings for high-touch surfaces.”
Along with advising operators on disinfectants compatible with the aircraft flight decks and cabins, the team intends to test additional sanitizers. The Confident Travel Initiative will be led by Vice President of Digital Transformation at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mike Delaney. “Air travel is coming back,” said Delaney. “As that happens, we want passengers and crews to board Boeing airplanes without hesitation.”
The thought of being required to wear a face mask for several hours continuously will keep me away from any form of public transportation until it is no longer a requirement.
At this point, considering the haphazard implementation of protective equipment by the airlines, and the near total lack of safe distancing, I doubt that Boeing’s initiative will be of much help. Unless the FAA or some other government agency requires a standardized approach to boarding, seating and egress, there is not going to be an effective and universal system of safe air travel. Case in point; a local doctor contracted the virus on a recent plane trip. He was wearing a mask, gloves and sanitized all the touch surfaces around his seat. He feels he caught the virus through his eyes from nearby passengers who were not following the rules.
Is this an instance of unwanted “eye contact?”
The “blame game.” If you’re not following the rules, it’s gotta be your fault. It just has to. That’s what the gov. says. It’s gotta be true. “OH MY GOD.” This is what it’s come down to. The “brown shirts.”
Or he could have contracted it in the airport while boarding his flight. Which brings up another point: it doesn’t matter how safe it might be on the aircraft itself if the airport terminal isn’t being cleaned and disinfected and physical distancing is enforced and in place. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but typical airport terminal I’ve been in has everyone jam packed into security lines and boarding lines.