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Face masks, health checks and long check-ins: the future of flying

Cabin crew in protective suits, health certifications for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times.

This is the new reality of mass air travel.

As people dream of taking to the skies once more, they face the prospect that changes to curb the spread of coronavirus will be even more challenging than those brought in after the 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

In addition to the strict security measures commonplace around the world since then, passengers will now encounter a barrage of checks for COVID-19.

“Before the pandemic, we were told to arrive two hours before the

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UN agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Montreal (AFP) – Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel.

The protocol was drawn up by an international task force formed by the Montreal-based ICAO with the help of other UN agencies like the World Health Organization and the powerful International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“These guidelines will facilitate convergence, mutual recognition and harmonization of aviation COVID-19 related measures across the globe,” Philippe Bertoux, France’s representative on ICAO’s board, which led the “task force” debate, said in

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Big buzz about Moderna’s small vaccine test; UN chief warns against countries putting economy above health

Pharmaceutical company Moderna announced positive results on Monday from the early stages of its trial for a potential vaccine and said it would continue on with the next stages.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar blasted the World Health Organization Monday during its two-day assembly. The WHO and China signaled support for an investigation into the handling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic in the early days of the outbreak. Appearing by video link, Azar criticized the WHO’s failures, saying it had cost “many lives.”

The U.S. has the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world by

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