Discover How Air Travel Will Never Be The Same Again!
New technology is changing the way we check in, to the way we access the restroom during flights. The travel industry has been forced to adapt as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Airline bosses are scrambling to get safety measures in place for when borders open.
What measures are being implemented?
Touchless technologies are being installed to reduce risk of virus spreading and a new security screening system will make checking-in for flight much faster. Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technologies in preparation for when travel restrictions are finally eased. Touchless technologies, such as digital toilet queues, and systems that monitor passengers' temperatures throughout flights, will be used to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading. High-tech safety measures are already being installed in Avalon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria's second busiest airport. The advanced technology is aimed at reducing public touch points and congregating in queues.
How is technology playing a vital role?
The airport has also installed touchless check-in screens and bag drop systems. Before the pandemic, airports were using touchless check-in screens to speed up the process, and this technology will likely be used to prevent the virus from spreading.
How can you present your passport at check-in and access in-flight information?
Instead of handing over passports, a biometric device may be used to scan passengers' faces as soon as they check in. Aaron Hornlimann, chief executive of Elenium Automation, said in-flight services will have to change as a result of the pandemic. He predicts safety cards and food menus will be scrapped, and they will instead be accessible digitally via your phone.
How will passengers be able to access the restroom during flights?
Queues for the bathroom will be eliminated, with passengers forced to book a spot through an app.
What if symptoms develop during the flight?
Airlines will likely introduce technology to track passenger health throughout the flights. 'Like FitBit can track your sleep, an airline will be able to track your temperature for example,' he said. 'So you may well not have one when you board the aircraft, but you could develop one in-flight and the airline will be able to detect that and take the appropriate steps before landing. There are many applications of these types of technologies which will change our flying experience in the near future.'
While Europe and North America suffer through another horror wave of the virus with tens of thousands dead, Australia and New Zealand have escaped relatively unscathed. Will other countries follow Australia’s lead to ensure that international business can recommence?