Chennai airport plans ‘Touch Free’ system: no trolleys, glass shield counters
In the new plan proposed by the Chennai airport, there will be a system of ‘touch free’ in place. This means, there will be no trolleys and there will be magnifying glass attached to a stick for checking tickets. The plan is to bring a ‘touch free’ experience for people in the prevailing corona outbreak. This will particularly be useful for the state, as Tamil Nadu today has about 13,000infected people, making it the worst-hit state of India.
However, this plan will be implemented upon the consent of the state government. If the state government consents to the operation of flights from May 25th, as proposed by the Civil aviation Minister. The state government had also earlier requested the central government for resuming the flights and train services till May 31st. Although the centre has agreed, train services have not resumed in the state.
The airport has also made arrangements to eliminate any sort of physical touch as much as possible. An official reported that there will be no trolleys, and the CISF personnel will use the magnifying glass attached to a stick to check tickets, thus avoiding touching and also ensuring social distancing.
A new software has also been developed to facilitate the reading of e-tickets or scan QR codes. Passengers are expected to show this to the camera attached and the officials will scrutinize the ticket by sitting inside. Thermal checking facilities have also been enabled at the entrance to check the temperature of the passengers before allowing them to travel. All the bags will be disinfected and sanitized.
The passengers will further be enabled to go for a web check-in. Floor markings are also in place to ensure proper following of social distancing. There will be no dining at the eateries in the airport. However, takeaways will be facilitated.
Returnees from states like Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra will be advised for a week-long quarantine, either at home or institution.