As domestic commercial flights resume in Nigeria on Wednesday, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has released new guidelines for air travellers and other airport users.
In the post-Coronavirus Disease operation guidelines, FAAN said all travellers’ luggage would be disinfected before entering the departure hall and that all airport users must wear face mask and stay at least, 1.5 metres away from each other.
The new Standard Operating Procedure is aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of the virus, the authority said on Friday.
“In the ‘new normal,’ departing passengers must comply with the following guidelines: arrive the airport properly kitted with their face masks on; ensure a minimum of 1.5 metres physical distancing,” FAAN stated in the new guideline.”
The authority stated that Port Health Services personnel must screen each passenger and ensure the use of face mask, while those travelling with pets must get necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services.
“Passengers are also required to wash their hands as often as possible, and hand sanitisers would be provided for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates,” FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu.
Arriving passengers, on disembarkation from the aircraft, are expected to observe physical distancing as they board the co-buses (hand sanitiser would be provided in the buses), physical distancing protocols at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitiser is also provided, while disinfected trolleys would be made available for passengers.
She stated, “All COVID-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing customs check. Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up. If you must speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security officer. Physical distancing would be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of PHS, among others.
“In addition to the above guidelines, passengers are required to observe social distancing and make use of the floor markings at the security screening area. They must also comply with all other security guidelines as laid down by officials of AVSEC department.
“We urge all our passengers and other stakeholders to respect and observe these necessary protocols put in place for our protection.”