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Presque Isle airport implements safety measures

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 11:03 AM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

A comprehensive Covid-19 program is being followed at Presque Isle International Airport. Kathy McCarty speaks with officials about what’s being done to keep the flying public safe.

A program dubbed ‘PQI, Ready to Fly’ is now in use at the terminal. Airport Director Scott Wardwell describes it as a combination of best practices from airports across the country and starts before you leave home.

“Back in July, we did make masks mandatory inside the passenger terminal. We also recommend that - that you use carry-on luggage and mobile boarding passes,” says Scott Wardwell.

This helps limit how many people handle your luggage and reduces the number of surfaces people touch in the terminal. It’s recommended you arrive at least an hour before your flight.

“That reduces the congestion as we get closer to the departure time, and it really makes the social distancing more possible,” says Wardwell.

KM - Wardwell says the final step in preparing for your flight is to check in with United and make yourself aware of United’s requirements.

Wardwell says “Basically these are the cornerstones of the United program, so be very aware of - of what - what the airline’s requirements are.”

Seating is clearly labeled for social distancing, as is the floor. Wardwell says complimentary kits, including masks, are provided. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are also available. Planes and the airport are cleaned daily, using electrostatic sprayers to apply disinfectant. Police Chief Laurie Kelly says they’ve had no issues with people refusing to wear masks.

“We’ve not had reports of, like, anybody being really adamant that they’re not gonna wear them or refusing and that being - that being an issue,” says Chief Laurie Kelly.

KM - Wardwell says because of the low number of Covid cases in The County, it makes flying from Presque Isle one of the safest options.

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