AAI Issues SOPs for Airports, No Mandatory Aarogya Setu for Children Below 14 Years

The Airport Authority of India issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for airports saying that the Aarogya Setu App will not be mandatory for children below 14 years of age. The move comes at a time when Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Wednesday that domestic civil operations will start from May 25 by adhering to the guidelines issued by the Centre.

In a statement, the AAI also said that it will be compulsory for passengers to walk through the thermal screening zones before entering the airport terminal building.

"Airport operators must make appropriate arrangement for sanitisation of passengers' baggage before entry into the terminal building," the AAI said in a statement.

The SOPs laid down by the Civil Aviation Ministry on Wednesday also stated that only personal cars or select authorised cab services or other transport services will be permitted to enter the airport, albeit with restricted seating.

Passengers will also have to reach the airport two hours before departure as well. Furthermore, airports across the country will need to have mats or carpets soaked with bleach (sodium hypochlorite solution) placed at the entrance for disinfecting shoes and thermal screeners for passengers.

Points to be followed by airport operators for resumption of domestic flights:

  • Passengers will have to reach airport two hours in advance of flight time

  • Passengers should wear masks and gloves

  • Only those whose flight is in the next four hours will be allowed to enter terminal building

  • Passengers to undergo thermal screening before entering terminal building

  • Those that don’t show ‘green’ on Aarogya Setu will not be allowed to enter airport

  • Trolley use to be avoided. Will be available to a select few passengers on request basis

  • Sanitisation of baggage before entry into terminal

  • Mats soaked in bleach to be placed at entry for disinfection of shoes

  • At passenger touchpoints, staff to either wear face shields behind counter or put glass wall at counter

  • Constant announcements about social distancing and other norms

  • Boarding and deplaning in batches to maintain social distance

  • All airport staff to wear PPEs and hand sanitisers for staff and passenger