This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
For those operators still flying during the Covid-19 crisis, the world has changed in terms of security considerations. Charlie LeBlanc, v-p for United Healthcare Global and a member of NBAA’s security council, stressed during an association-hosted webinar yesterday that having the latest information about your destination is more crucial than ever to ensure the safest missions possible.
Internationally, countries have learned they can quickly shut their borders and airspace, and give little notice in many cases. Flight departments should understand a destination country’s past track record and prepare crews and passengers accordingly if a rapid departure is required.
Domestically, LeBlanc noted that most flight departments have attempted to eliminate overnight stays at destinations, which usually involves earlier departures.
Greg Kulis, also a member of the NBAA security committee, said that with work-from-home plans, coupled with staff reductions, it is now vital to control facility access with fewer people present to watch for security breaches. Companies need to review who monitors alarm systems and security cameras during this period.
“What we would have considered normal activity six months ago is completely turned on its head now,” said NBAA security council chairman Eric Moilanen, adding that it is now common for a person to show up at the entrance wearing a hat, sunglasses, and a face mask.