Travel post-COVID-19: The possibilities

Sun loungers separated by plexiglass. Blood tests and sanitiser spray-downs before flights.

These might sound extreme, but they are real measures some in the travel industry are looking at to keep holidaymakers feeling safe and comfortable in a post-lockdown world.

It's too early to say when international travel might restart again - Argentina, for example, has extended flight bans until September and a UK minister has said he won't be booking a summer holiday anytime soon.

But what will overseas trips look like when they're able to be taken again? Here's what you might expect.

Many airports, including in London, have already introduced measures to cater for essential travellers based on government guidelines - so they might sound familiar.

These include between one and two-metre distancing at all times (excluding people who live together), hand sanitisers distributed throughout the airport and efforts to spread passengers more evenly across terminals.

In the US, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) says travellers should wash their hands for 20 seconds - in accordance with official guidelines - before and after the security screening process.

But, at Hong Kong International Airport, testing is under way on a full-body disinfectant device. This, the airport says, can sanitise users within 40 seconds, using sprays that kill bacteria and viruses on skin and clothing.


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