A domestic flight is about to get an upgrade, with the government’s top aviation official saying airlines should be prepared for the threat of the coronivirus.
Key points:The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a travel advisory for US citizens flying overseas after a recent coronaviruses scareThis includes US domestic flightsThe advisory states that people on domestic flights should be able to travel on to their destination safely, even if they have travelled in the pastThe federal government has been preparing for the coronovirus scare for months, with officials warning that passengers on US domestic planes will need to take precautions, including wearing masks and avoiding flying with large groups.
On Tuesday, the FAA said it will make travel advisions on US flights for US residents beginning in mid-December.
The FAA has advised that those flying on domestic airlines in the US will be required to wear masks while flying.
The agency says the advice will be effective on domestic aircrafts, but the agency said it could be rolled out globally as well.
“The FAA is continuing to monitor the coronave virus outbreak and will make recommendations when appropriate,” the agency wrote in a statement.
“These recommendations will take into account current knowledge, and should be updated to include more information as new information becomes available.”
The travel advisory includes US flights departing from major US airports, including JFK, LAX, LA, Denver, Salt Lake City, Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Denver International.
The government is also advising that US passengers who have travelled to a foreign country and have been in contact with the infected person for more than 48 hours should be advised to seek medical attention.
A number of other countries have also issued travel advisards to their citizens.
The US government has issued travel warnings on domestic travel, including a domestic travel advisory issued on Tuesday that says US citizens should be allowed to travel overseas if they are “in a close relationship” with an infected person.
The statement from the FAA was issued on behalf of the Federal Aviation Adminstration, the government agency responsible for air safety.
It said:”All passengers should be reminded to wear a mask, avoid crowded places and avoid large groups when travelling on domestic flight.”
This is consistent with the Federal Air Marshal Service’s recommendations to air passengers not to travel in large groups on domestic airways.
It added that US citizens traveling to countries with low aviation safety standards, such as India and Mexico, should consider avoiding domestic air travel if possible.
It also recommends that US air carriers ensure they have “appropriate measures in place to maintain air quality”.
“In general, the US has a low level of aviation safety and there is a lack of awareness of the dangers associated with aviation safety,” the FAA wrote.
Australia has also issued an advisory to travellers on domestic routes.
“Australian domestic air passengers should consider travelling with a family member or friend who is travelling on a business trip to Australia,” the Federal Transport Minister said in a blogpost.
Australia’s Transport Minister has urged Australians to be “extremely vigilant” about their health after a coronaviral scare in Sydney’s CBD.
The Government’s Health Advisory Council said on Tuesday it is recommending that the public stay vigilant for any symptoms of the virus and to “take care of yourself and others”.
The Council is chaired by the Health Minister, who said it was important for Australians to “be vigilant and to be aware of the symptoms and signs that they may be experiencing”.
“We know that some Australians may not be aware or may be unaware of the signs of the disease that are happening, so that we are very vigilant about those things,” Dr Peter Dunne told ABC News Breakfast.
“I think Australians need to be very vigilant because we do have a coronave-related pandemic.”
Australian PM says no one should panic over domestic travelAfter the US coronavid scare, the Government said Australians should be “extra vigilant” to avoid travelling to countries where travel is prohibited.
But Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australians needed to “do the right thing” and stay safe.
“We have a very strong domestic travel code and we are going to have to make sure we get the codes right,” he said.
“I know some people are thinking, ‘Well, we don’t want to risk it, so why should I be doing anything about it?'”
“It’s a simple and straightforward answer.
If you’re not going to go anywhere, you can’t do anything about this.”
The Government has also advised Australians to keep their windows open.
“You need to make your windows open, you need to do whatever you can to make the world a safer place,” Mr Abbott said.
The Government also said Australians could travel with their pets on private flights, but there was no advice on what pets could be allowed on a flight.ABC News Australia’s Amber Dutton has been reporting from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.