The new Government rules issued to all airline passengers

As Brits gear up to holiday abroad this summer, the Government has issued new guidance for plane passengers.

Travellers are being advised to check in all luggage and to wear face coverings masks to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The new holiday rules issued by the Government also say passengers should remain in their seats at all times, reports the Mirror.

Staff on airlines will also be asked to limit face to face interactions with passengers and carriers are being encouraged to clean aircraft and make available more handwashing and hand sanitiser.

All UK airlines will be expected to follow the new guidance.

The government advice states: “You are strongly encouraged to check-in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage.

“This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimise the risk of transmission.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Today’s guidance is a positive next step towards ensuring a safer and more sustainable aviation sector.

“The Government’s advice currently remains to avoid all non-essential travel, but today we are taking the necessary steps to ensure a framework is in place for the aviation industry to bounce back when it is safe for restrictions on travel to be lifted.”

Although only essential travel is allowed currently, many Brits are hoping to holiday abroad this summer.

Budget airline Ryanair has said that it may check the temperature of passengers before flying once travel resumes.

It will only serve wrapped snacks although drink will be available. It has also previously said that travellers will have to ask to use the toilet.



Ryanair has previously said that it may check passengers temperatures before flying

EasyJet has said there will be no food available on its flights and passengers must wear masks.

Speaking about the new guidance, Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said: “They demonstrate how airlines can apply targeted and multi-layered measures to ensure air travel is safe for customers and crew.

“The guidelines pave the way for the introduction of air bridges, and there is no reason we shouldn’t be getting clarity from Government on when and how these will be established over the coming days.”

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