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Health & Safety for Passenger & 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.

Ebola update

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) continue to coordinate closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and all the travel and transport stakeholders, to support WHO’s effort in managing the outbreak and minimize the negative effects on the affected countries and the transport industry.

NEW: Read the WHO Statement on the 4th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

See our latest guidance document (pdf) and the new Traveler Public Health Declaration Form (pdf).

Also see the WHO Ebola update (also in French and Spanish) for travel and transport and the latest statement of the Transport and Travel Task Force.

Visit communicable diseases page for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus update.

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 & 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.

Allergen-Sensitive Passenger

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.

Additional information

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