Health and Safety for Passenger and Crew
In the airline industry, health-related issues concerning passengers or crew are crucial in most activities: aircraft operations, passenger transport, cargo, etc. They cover matters as diverse as duty time limitation, transmission of communicable diseases, and disinfection.
An Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is coordinating closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with respect to potential implications for air connectivity. Please see our latest latest statement. See the WHO Ebola update for travel and transport.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus update
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor these two conditions very closely and has convened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR). The committee has confirmed that these conditions do not currently qualify as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to these events nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.
For more information please consult the WHO web page. Also, find advice to the pilgrims of Umra and Hajj.
IATA's Medical Advisory Role
IATA has set up a structure to contribute to an efficient and cost effective approach to handling medical issues in the airline industry.
In addition to the expertise of IATA's Medical Advisor, IATA has formed a Medical Advisory Group bringing together airline medical experts from around the globe. A major part of their role is to provide advice to the industry and other stakeholders on a wide range of medical issues, such as those covered in the IATA Medical Manual.
Guidelines on Health and Safety Issues
A series of guidelines have been developed by IATA's Medical Advisory Group, addressing general medical issues and aviation and communicable diseases. They have been reviewed and welcomed by WHO and are meant to help airlines address emergency public health issues, particularly in the case of suspected communicable diseases.
Passenger Contract Tracing
IATA has developed a position on the controversial issue of passenger contact tracing (pdf) to recommend a specific approach to countries contemplating contact tracing.
Recommendations for allergen-sensitive passengers (pdf) helps passengers minimize the risk of an allergic reaction on board an aircraft.
For further questions, please contact IATA's medical advisor.