Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) has released new procedural guidelines for air travelers and other airport users ahead of commencement of domestic flight July 8, 2020.
Its spokesperson and General Manager Public Affairs; Mrs Henrietta Yakubu who disclosed this said the new guidelines were part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
According to Yakubu, who described the guidelines as “New Normal”, departing passengers must arrive the airport properly kitted with their face mask on.
She said the new regime also stipulates that passengers must ensure a minimum of one point five meters physical distancing just as Aviation Medical/Port Health personnel are directed to screen each passenger and ensure the use of face mask.
Other measures, Yakubu said stipulates those travelling with pets must get necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services.
Passengers, she insisted must undergo disinfection of all luggages before entry into the departure halls.
She said: “Passengers are required to wash their hands as often as possible with the provision of hand sanitiser for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre boarding gates.
All footwear according to FAAN would be disinfected/sanitised by foot mats placed at all entrances to the terminal building.
Yakubu said arriving passengers are expected to observe physical distancing on disembarking from airplanes and same as they board the Co-Buses.
She said hand sanitizers would be provided in the buses.
She however warned that physical distancing protocols must be observed at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitiser will also be provided.
Yakubu further stated that disinfected trolleys would be made available for passengers, hinting that all COVID-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing Customs check.
Yakubu said : “Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up, If you MUST speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security (AVSEC) officer.
“Physical distancing would be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of port health services among others.
“In addition to the above guidelines, passengers are required to observe SOCIAL DISTANCING and make use of the floor markings at the security screening area. They must also comply with all other security guidelines as laid down by officials of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) department.”
She urged passengers and other stakeholders to respect and observe these necessary protocols, put in place for their protection.