Ready For Takeoff: Scoot Implements Additional Precautions To Safeguard Health Of Customers And Crew
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scoot, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, has implemented several measures to safeguard the health of our customers and crew. With the resumption of more flights and re-commencement of transit operations at Singapore Changi Airport from June 2020, Scoot will be further enhancing its operational procedures and introducing additional precautionary measures to allow customers to travel with even greater confidence.
The measures implemented are as follows:
Temporary suspension of products and services
Scoot will be suspending certain products and services to minimise contact between crew and customers, and to facilitate effective contact tracing. These are:
- FlyBagEat and ScootPlus
- Board Me First (priority boarding)
- Extra Cabin Bag
- Online Seat Selection
- Inflight seat upgrade
- Meals and beverages will not be available for purchase online and onboard, food packs will be pre-placed on seats where applicable.
- Inflight duty-free shopping will also not be available.
- Snooze Kit
Submission of health declaration forms
Customers are required to complete a health declaration form prior to check-in. Forms may be completed at Scoot check-in kiosks or via an online form accessible through an SMS notification 24 hours prior to flight departure.
Compulsory wearing of mask
All customers are required to bring and wear a mask to board their flight, which must be worn throughout the flight.
Temperature screenings will be conducted prior to boarding and any customers with a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above (or as otherwise stipulated by local regulation) will not be allowed to board.These customers can re-book to travel at a later date when they are well, or they can call Scoot’s call centre to obtain a refund.
Limit on cabin baggage
Previously, Scoot permitted up to 10kg of cabin baggage in Economy Class. With effect from 1st June 2020, Scoot will allow each customer one small piece of carry-on baggage of up to 3kg that must fit under the seat in front of them, so as to facilitate safe distancing for passengers during security clearance, boarding and disembarkation. The remaining cabin baggage (up to 7kg) will be checked in at no cost.
To minimise physical interactions, Scoot now encourages customers to check in online on FlyScoot.com or via their mobile app. Alternatively, they can use the self-service check-in kiosks and automated bag-drop facilities at Changi Airport.
Implementation of safe distancing measures
Safe distancing measures will be put in place at gate-hold rooms and queuing areas including check-in kiosks, gate-hold rooms and before boarding. Scoot strongly encourages all customers to arrive at the airport early to ensure there is sufficient time for the additional pre-flight procedures.
Seat assignment for contact tracing and safe distancing
To facilitate contact tracing and safe distancing, customers will be assigned seats when they check in. Where possible, Scoot will seat customers travelling with family, or customers in the same booking, together. Customers should not change seats in-flight.
Inflight service changes
All Scoot flights will operate with limited in-flight service with no sale of food and beverage items or duty-free shopping products. Instead, refreshments that have been packaged following strict food safety standards will be pre-placed on seats to limit physical interactions between customers and crew.
Always wear a mask
Customers are required to keep their masks on throughout the flight, except in specified circumstances (e.g. eating, drinking or taking oral medication).
Observe safe distancing measures
Customers are required to observe safe distancing measures when not seated, including during boarding and disembarkation, and when queueing to use a lavatory.
Scoot will be making hand sanitisers available on board our flights for use by customers and crew. Lavatories will also be regularly cleaned and disinfected, at least three times in an hour.
Provision of passenger care kit for hygiene
Care kits consisting of items like anti-bacterial wipes, sanitizer and a surgical mask will be pre-placed on each seat for customers’ personal use.
Removal of seatback literature
Seatback literature such as the Scoot Café Menu, the Scoot in-flight magazine and Scootalogue duty-free shopping catalogue have been removed from seat pockets to reduce surface contact. The safety card and airsick bag will remain.
HEPA air filtration systems
Scoot’s aircraft are equipped with cabin air filtration systems that have High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which are up to 99.98% effective at trapping microscopic particles such as small as bacteria and viruses. These air filters have a similar performance to those used in hospital operating rooms and are replaced at regular intervals in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance. Air flows into and out of the cabin on a continuous basis, from top to bottom, with cabin air refreshed every two to three minutes (or 20-30 times hourly).
Infectious disease handling protocol
Scoot has in place a set of standard operating procedures for crew to handle inflight medical emergencies, including managing and segregating customers who may develop symptoms of potentially infectious diseases during flights. This includes a designated seating area for passengers who become unwell.
Precautionary measures for cabin crew and pilots
All Scoot crew undergo pre-flight temperature taking, are required to monitor and report their health, and must wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) while on duty. For Scoot crew, these comprise a mask, gloves and face shield. The crew are also aware that if they are unwell, they should see a doctor immediately and not report for work. Crew members reporting for duty must not have any symptoms or physical contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. The crew will also be seated at a designated section of the aircraft, at least 2m away from customers and will be using a separate lavatory.
Enhanced aircraft cleaning procedures
Scoot has enhanced operating procedures for cleaning our aircraft, which include thorough cleaning of the aircraft’s interiors including surface wipe-downs, deep cleaning of the aircraft’s lavatory systems with the appropriate disinfectants, and fogging of the aircraft to ensure disinfectant mist is evenly spread across all surfaces in the interior of the aircraft. Aerosol spray disinfectants are also uplifted as a backup should the standard disinfection procedures be unavailable.
Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said: “Scoot has been at the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 from the start, with our highest priority always being the health and safety of our customers and crew. As travel starts to resume, we are working closely with regulators and health experts to implement a comprehensive suite of enhanced measures to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene, and to give our customers peace of mind that they can fly with Scoot safely.”
Scoot will continue to monitor the situation, as well as evolving regulatory guidance, and will review their procedures as required to ensure their customers can continue to fly safe.
Find out more by visiting Scoot’s website here Scoot has extended its offer of a one-time free date change to all bookings made from now till the end of June 2020.