In this post-pandemic world, there were always going to be trade-offs to getting back to business, with the term ‘new normal’ being thrown around more than a politician’s resignation letter.
Effectively, what this means is that companies have to make allowances for COVID-19 in their business model, and to ensure all reasonable measures have been taken to keep their customers safe.
For budget airline AirAsia, they have made the wearing of a face mask mandatory since the start of the pandemic. Today, 6 October, they have gone one step further, by mandating that all of their passengers be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
A nationwide vaccine mandate is not currently in place in Malaysia, with receiving the vaccine being made voluntary – a bid to assuage skeptics. However, businesses have to make decisions that can ensure their continued operations, with the airline industry being particularly vulnerable to outbreaks or ‘clusters’.
In a travel advisory posted on their website, AirAsia lists the rules as such:
- All adult passengers must be fully vaccinated and not exhibiting any flu-like symptoms.
- Travellers who are under-18 who are unvaccinated/partially-vaccinated must be accompanied by fully-vaccinated parents or relatives.
- Check-in is now to be made via their proprietary app called the ‘AirAsia Super App’, which streamlines airport clearance and boarding paperwork.
- Passengers must be eligible to travel, subject to prevailing conditions at their destination.
If you didn’t know before, now you do. You’re welcome. As for this JUICE writer, I’ll be posted up at some beach very soon. Adhering to travel SOPs, of course.