Kansas City International Airport Addresses Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Kansas City Aviation Department is working to protect the health and well-being of the public and its employees at Kansas City International Airport during the current health situation related to Coronavirus/Covid-19. 

Department leaders are monitoring world, national, state and local developments regarding Coronavirus/Covid-19. They continue to stay in close contact with the Kansas City Health and Fire/Emergency Services departments, City leaders, airlines, TSA and others. The Aviation Department is following recommendations of the health organizations. If there would be a suspected case, any role the Aviation Department would have would be in support of those agencies’ efforts. 

Aviation Department custodial staff have stepped up cleaning and disinfecting efforts in restrooms and public areas outside security. Throughout the day, they are checking and refilling soap, paper towel and hand sanitizer dispensers. Airlines, concessionaires and other tenants have increased cleaning efforts in their areas, including post-security. Flyers are posted in rest rooms, a Health Department educational video is running on flight information displays and CNN Airport Channel is running a video on its monitors.

There are no operational changes at Kansas City International Airport in regard to this disease. Health organizations have not suggested any new procedures be put in place at the airport at this time, and there is no active health screening of passengers arriving at or departing from KCI. 

If airlines, TSA or other partners encounter persons at the airport who are ill or are exhibiting Coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), they will contact Kansas City Fire Department Emergency Medical Services for them to evaluate. KCFD will notify the Health Department, if necessary. CDC reminded airlines of their obligation, under US regulations, to report any symptomatic travelers on domestic or international flights to U.S. health officials. Travelers who must be reported to the CDC include those with a fever that has lasted for more than 48 hours, or travelers with a fever and other signs of illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing.

The U.S. government announced new travel restrictions to and from some countries, as well as screening of passengers inbound from some counties. There are no nonstop flights to or from these cities at Kansas City International Airport, so passengers will have cleared U.S. Customs screening in gateway airports prior to arriving in Kansas City.

Some international and domestic airlines are waiving change or cancellation fees for some upcoming travel dates to some locations. Travelers are encouraged to contact their airline, not the airport, with flight/itinerary questions. 

The Aviation Department encourages all passengers to practice good personal hygiene and practice CDC’s everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Building cleanliness

Public areas and rest rooms
KCAD Custodial crews are more frequently checking and restocking rest room soap, hand sanitizer and paper towels, and stepping up cleaning and disinfecting efforts in rest rooms and other high-contact areas such as wipes for close contact cleaning such as doors, drinking fountains, and counters. Employees wear arm-length gloves to have the adequate skin protection along with more face masks should they choose. Three plus months of supplies are on hand with additional on order. Hand-cleaning posters are posted in rest rooms. 

Concessions
Food and beverage concessionaires routinely clean and sanitize food preparation areas and customer-contact areas such as counters, tables and chairs. They are increasing these efforts.

Airline areas of terminal 
The airlines are responsible for cleaning their leased areas and departure lounges. Facilities including ticket counters, gates areas, rest rooms and seating are cleaned throughout the day and nightly. Airlines have stocked up on hand sanitizer as well as disinfecting wipes for their employees to maintain a clean environment. Some have added hand sanitizer dispensers in customer locations.

Security checkpoints
The Transportation Security Administration handles cleaning of checkpoints and equipment. Beyond regular cleaning, its employees have been instructed to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

On the aircraft 
Airlines are encouraging travelers to travel with hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes out of an abundance of caution. Wipes can be used to clean armrests and tray tables, not leather seats. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on recommends that airlines continue to follow “routine operating procedures” for cleaning aircraft during the coronavirus outbreak unless an ill passenger is on board – including those with fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If symptomatic passengers are identified during or immediately after a flight, the CDC said airlines should follow enhanced cleaning procedures — including personal protective equipment, such as disposable gloves and gowns, for cleaning staff.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Media Relations 406-639-3286

Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs 202-282-8010

Coronavirus Facts - KCMO Health Dept. https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/health/coronavirus

Coronavirus Facts - CDChttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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