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FAA Releases Safety Alert for Operators Addressing Safety on Layovers

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which detailed precautions specifically targeted towards flight crews in the airline industry. There are numerous safety procedures we follow on the aircraft to keep us safe, but this SAFO serves as a reminder that we must also stay safe on our overnights.

Some of the reminders from the FAA include:

While on a layover in the United States or internationally:

  • Travel as a group in private transport provided by the air carrier when traveling between the airport and hotel.
    • Minimize contact with ground personnel and time in public areas while moving between the aircraft and the private transport.
    • Do not use public transportation, including when traveling between the airport and hotel.
  • Stay in your hotel room to the extent possible.
  • Minimize going out into the general population and use social distancing (maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet, if possible) whenever out in public. Avoid crowds, stores, sporting or mass entertainment events, and other situations likely to attract large numbers of people.
  • Eat in your hotel room with either room service or delivery service. If in-room dining options are not available, eat at a restaurant located in the hotel. If not available at the hotel, eat at a restaurant located close to the hotel.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use soap and water when your hands are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your face.

While at your U.S. residence or home base:

  • Be aware of the risk of COVID-19 in your local community.
  • Follow guidance of your state or local health department.
  • Avoid crowded places and use social distancing.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

Please take a moment to read all of the FAA’s recommendations, and, read the section about monitoring your own health. Put the recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into practice. And make sure to save this list of state and local health departments in case you need them in your travels. We will make all of this COVID-19 information available from the front page of b6.twu.org, so you can have it at your fingertips.

The SAFO also includes information for crews based around the world who are coming to the United States, so please share this with all of your contacts within the industry.

As always, if you have any questions or need clarification, please email us at b6twu@twu.org. You can also reach us using the form at the website.

Thank you for all you do as safety professionals, and please fly safely.