Local Airline Installs Transparent Barriers Between Seats

Passengers get their own "protective pod."

(SPOT.ph) Air travel has taken a long a pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic; and once the quarantine's lifted, there will be big changes in the way we fly. AirSwift, a Filipino-owned regional boutique airline that operates flights to and from El Nido, is installing a "three-sided protective pod" for each seat onboard to "minimize the possibility of droplet transmission from passengers seated beside or behind you.” The barriers are up for approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Cabin seats will have a three-sided protective pod. Airswift / Facebook
AirSwift flies direct from Manila to El Nido six times a day.
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz
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AirSwift is also disinfecting cabins, shuttle buses, and other high-touch surface areas every after use while deep-cleaning is performed every 24 hours. Free health kits, which include surgical mask, face shield, and a bottle of 70% alcohol, will be provided for all passengers.

Cebu Pacific has announced that middle seats will be vacant as much as possible, while Philippine Airlines provides "social distancing cabin seating options" for passengers.

As of writing, air travel for leisure is still prohibited. Current flights are limited to repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers, ferrying of Locally Stranded Individuals, and travel of Authorized Person Outside of Residence—all with travel documents required by the government.

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