The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has removed the requirement for airlines to reserve a portion of the aircraft cabin as an isolation area for suspected or ill passengers on board domestic flights.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the IATF’s decision was based on the recommendation of the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines with concurrence of the Department of Health.
He said the IATF had set the requirement based on available information at the time, and that more information available now on how COVID-19 is transmitted in closed settings has been considered in removing it.
Roque said there are now more improved health protocols from boarding to landing and the use of High Efficiency Particulate Air filters. Domestic flights are also of short duration, generally not exceeding 90 minutes. Local airlines welcomed the decision.