United Airlines to Require Health and Wellness Assessment for All Passengers Prior to Check-In

By Kurt Stolz on 10 June 2020
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United Airlines announced it has implemented a health self-assessment requirement as part of the check-in process for all passengers.

The assessment was prepared in part by the Cleveland Clinic, United’s healthcare partner in its CleanPlus program that addresses aircraft and airport cleanliness and disinfection amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic.

United is the first U.S. airline to require this type of wellness check before flying.

“We have been working closely with trusted medical experts and partners to institute new practices and procedures to further protect those who work and travel with us,” aid Pat Baylis, the airline’s corporate medical director, adding that the program will “minimize the risk of exposure during the travel experience.”

The Ready-to-Fly questionnaire asks passengers to confirm that they understand the requirement to wear a face covering . In addition, travelers must confirm that that they have not been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past 21 days and that they have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms including a temperature of 100.° F (38° C) or higher, a cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and recent loss of taste or smell. Passengers must also confirm that they have not been denied boarding by another airline for similar reasons in the past 14 days, and that they have not had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the same period of time.

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