September 21, 2020


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Guest Blog: The Safe Flying Protocol (SFP): The Best & Smartest Way To Restart Travel

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Unparalleled. Extraordinary. Incomprehensible. Ultra-Advanced. Unrivalled. Sobering. We have fatigued the superlatives when it will come to describing, Covid-19, and its effects on the world journey industry.

So, what does the journey industry have to have? In small, a in depth, pragmatic, multi-layered, and adaptable well being screening programme optimised for travellers and journey industry personnel, particularly airport and airline employees and airline passengers. Leaving the likelihood of a “spreader” on a flight is unacceptable. Therefore, the SFP is a in depth system is created to make a protected well being ring all-around the air transportation system and eradicate the risk of a human being with Covid from moving into an airport – permit by yourself an plane – and likely threat infecting other individuals. What we have to have is to get behind a frequent set of rules and construct momentum from there.


The economic devastation to the industry stemming from the virus has dwarfed everything observed in prior economic downturns which include after 9/eleven/2001. Even though industry trade teams have proposed suggestions none are in depth sufficient, ignoring that travellers use multiple journey expert services in the study course of a journey. At travel’s heart sits the air transportation system. It drives most international journey and major quantities of medium- and extensive-haul domestic or regional journey. At the moment it is down ninety two%. Company journey is also down by a comparable sum.

The industry faces three issues it will have to get responsibility for:

  • A) Making sure the protection of its passengers and personnel.
  • B) Making sure the effects of its operations is not negative on the communities it seeks to provide.
  • C) Working at favourable economic level.

There is only a person way for the air transportation industry to obtain these goals: Acquiring a globally-approved Safe Traveling Protocol (SFP).  This is not a trivial exercise. Having consensus in the small phrase will be unattainable. Environment a model via illustrations of Green Lanes (or Bubbles, Corridors, Bridges and so on.) is realistic and achievable. But we have to have pace and adoption.

An Overview Of The “Safe Traveling Protocol”

The Safe Traveling Protocol is straight forward. It consist of multiple features. The important types contain:

  • Health point out stage for every single journey stage (A targeted traffic light or stage system)
  • Travel bridges, corridors and bubbles for agreed inter-country preparations
  • Identification and stage-environment of absolutely everyone moving into the air transportation system
  • A “ring fence” for outbound, inbound, and connecting travellers and airline/airport employees
  • A verifiable tests programme for travellers
  • Health passports dependent on the well being stage of the origin group and airport

SFP can be very easily applied as current capabilities of stability and well being exist. But they have to have to be enhanced and up to date for Covid-19.

The Health State

SFP recommends the common, intuitive “traffic light” tiers of Green, Yellow, and Red to establish a person’s capability to get the job done at the airport and, in for crew and passengers, to journey. Briefly:

  • Green: A human being has no detectable trace of the virus and can show he or she has been vaccinated inside the suitable time guidelines. Men and women with Green standing will be authorized to get the job done at the airport and, for crew and passengers, board the plane.
  • Yellow: A human being who has not detectable trace of the virus but involves a Covid exam to verify their well being standing.
  • Red: A human being who shows detectable traces of the virus, refuses to be analyzed, and refuses to be vaccinated. 

Observe: From
a realistic and expedient point of look at Stage two will probably be break up into two.
Yellow and Orange. This is what has been by now applied in other places but is
always subjective. The right of self-determination of the site continues to be.
Therefore, any country can (as they do these days) arbitrarily establish that the hazards
to their inbound exercise can be changed and obligatory tests and if vital
degrees of quarantine as it so determines.

The SFP will deliver a dependable protocol to use at any airport. It will help the improvement of interim journey “bridges” and “bubbles” until finally general public well being authorities deem Covid no more time poses a menace to general public well being in their particular jurisdiction. Its function is to construct a “ring fence” for all airport and airline personnel and all passenger outbound, inbound, and connecting crew and passengers. The SFP’s element will contain:

  • A scaled and very easily comprehensible “health point out targeted traffic lights” at the start off, end, and intermediary stops of the journey in all instructions.
  • Certifiable clean airports.
  • Identification and stage-environment of absolutely everyone moving into the air transportation system.
  • Required speak to tracing for all airline and airport personnel and passengers.
  • A demonstrated certification programme for individuals to be exempt (both demonstrated immune or use of a verifiable, accredited vaccine). Within this will be tests in advance of arrival at the airport for passengers, crew and airport personnel.

The SFP’s layers are intended to deliver entire verifiable defense of the air transportation system on a actual-time, dynamic basis. Its goal is to make certain passengers’ and airport and airline workers’ protection. At its core is a passenger who wants a Health Passport, a transportable device these types of as cellular app device created with the air transportation industry at its core, which will seize an individual’s appropriate well being knowledge as it relates to air journey. Critically, the SFP is created so that any airport, everywhere, can make a safe “in,” “out” and “transit” (connecting) ecosystem. This is a vital factor to ensuring every single airport (or element thereof), the moment accredited, is a safe node both of those for its local group and inside the larger sized air transportation network.

Assessment Of The Safe Traveling Protocol

The Safe Traveling Protocol has 6 foundational specifications. It will have to:

  1. Be protected.
  2. Incorporate common, dependable, and obligatory identification and tests for all airline and airport personnel, and for each individual traveller.
  3. Be price-effective.
  4. Be regular and long-lasting.
  5. Incorporate agile and energetic management.
  6. Require minimal disruption to an airport’s working day-to-working day operations, infrastructure, management, and price range.

At The Airport

The airport encounter will be considerably distinctive.

To minimise wait instances and the place needed for a waiting around spot, it will be vital to use virus tests that can generate success inside thirty-45 minutes. While waiting around for their exam success, persons will be sequestered in a protected waiting around spot. This represents a challenge but is realistic and probable in most airport scenarios. At the time better speedier tests is manufactured obtainable then that can reduce this time and complexity.

On the plane

For the economic viability of the airline industry, the selection of passengers on a flight will have to be as entire as probable. The “as possible” suggests that if the passengers, crew and plane can be assumed to be safe then normal use of the plane as an economic asset will have to be the norm.

At the time
vaccines and mitigating therapies are created, and there will be numerous, the
Safe Traveling Protocol will have to figure out that distinctive benchmarks can arise and
will utilize. Again, the right of self-determination will utilize and a country can
pick to settle for or not the vaccine of the remote country as currently being sufficient
to permit bypassing the entire stability protocols.

At the
heart of SFP is the capability to have the Air Transportation System be safe for
passengers, crews and their communities. Allowing only safe “Green”
passengers, stops the distribute of the disease and will be a big enhance to world
trade. We cannot afford not to do it. Having started off on a realistic exam in a
verifiable sandbox is an urgent necessary 1st step.


HENRY HARTEVELDT, Founder, Atmosphere Investigation Team: Travel industry and buyer analyst, researcher and co-founder of Atmosphere Investigation Team, Henry Harteveldt is a journey industry thought leader, and corporations of each individual stripe know that briefing him on the hottest product or trend and obtaining his feed-back is a obligatory product on their to-do lists.  

TIMOTHY O’NEIL-DUNNE, Principal, 777 Partners: O’Neil-Dunne is an industry veteran with deep roots across the industry spectrum from ad company to retail, GDS and airlines. He is a frequent contributor to WIT and has been present at each individual WIT Worldwide occasion. He holds a number of patents in the airline and journey space. At the moment he is element of 777 Partners a diversified holding corporation based mostly in Miami.

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