DfT issues swine flu guidelines for travel industry

The Department for Transport has asked the travel industry to review its business continuity plans in the wake of the swine flu outbreak.

The DfT has asked all companies to ensure staff are fully trained. It is advising that check-in staff and air crew should be aware of relevant procedures for dealing with any passengers who display symptoms of swine flu, either at check-in or on flights.

The government has asked that passenger locator cards be completed on flights by all customers returning from Mexico. These will be collected by Health Protection Agency of Port Authority staff as passengers disembark in the UK. This has been implemented for flights to Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester with other airports with flights from Mexico to follow.

The DfT has also asked airlines to keep passenger information and, in particular, seat allocation details for two weeks following the arrival of flights in the UK.

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