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Air Canada announced a series of new personal safety measures on Monday, designed to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Their CleanCare+ program will now require customers travelling on Air Canada flights be subject to an infra-red temperature check at all airports.

The non-invasive procedure will complement the current government-mandated health questionnaire that is to completed by all travellers to determine their ability to fly.

Customers who are deemed unfit to travel will be re-booked at no cost, but will be required to obtain medical clearance prior to travel.

Additionally, the new program will introduce seat assignment policies to allow for more personal space in Economy Class on all flights until June 30, 2020, and provide all customers with care kits for hand cleaning and hygiene.

Air Canada will also up their cabin cleaning standards with the introduction of electrostatic spraying of cabin interiors.

At the moment, the airline already already incorporates the use of hospital grade disinfectant and specialized techniques to maintain cleanliness aboard each flight.

“While we are eager to see the reopening of economies and the restart of commercial aviation, the safety of our customers and employees is Air Canada’s core value and we aim to establish the highest standards of hygiene, cleanliness and attention to public health guidelines,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, in a statement.

“We intend to continue enhancing Air Canada CleanCare+ where we can with best practices from around the world, including increased use of screening tools, such as blood oxygen level testing, as they become available.”

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