How Aviation Law is Changing Due to COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the world. The aviation industry was affected early on by the risks associated with the virus. Although aspects of life are returning to normal, air travel has to adapt to protect their passengers, crew, and business.

At Merrill, Arnone & Jones, our team has comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules and regulations and can assist in legal matters regarding the FAA and other federal agencies.

With COVID-19 still being a very real threat, it is vital that air carriers take steps to address passenger and crew safety as well as understand their potential liability. Airlines must comply with national and international health regulations as well as promote their heightened duty of care.

Due to the contagious nature of the coronavirus and the ever-evolving situation, airlines must do the following:

  • Warn passengers of the risks of contracting COVID-19 during a flight
  • Take precautions to deny entry or to isolate an infected passenger
  • Notify passengers if someone on the plane has contacted COVID-19
  • Increase sanitation procedures for every trip.
  • Have an adequate cabin ventilation system
  • Some airlines are banning alcohol

We already see flights with required masks for all travelers, empty middle seats, and expected temperature checks. The economic and health effects of the pandemic are continually reshaping the aviation industry.

Although the FAA is providing guidance and resources, if you need an aviation lawyer to help answer some of the questions you may have, we would be happy to help.

Our aviation lawyer, Marlon Young, has expert knowledge of rules and regulations regarding flight safety, aircraft operations, aviation regulations, and airport safety.

For any legal matters you may need defense on, please contact MAJ Law today.

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