AIRSAN Guidance Document "Remote Risk Assessment and Management of Communicable Disease Events on Board an Aircraft"

This AIRSAN Guidance Document mainly targets cabin crew and public health authorities. Pilots, airline operators, airport operators, civil aviation authorities and medical first responders at the airport also benefit from reading it.

The overall objective of this AIRSAN Guidance Document is to give operational guidance in the event a traveller (passenger or crew member) on board an aircraft is identified with a suspect communicable disease.

This is achieved by guidance on: 

  • assessing whether the disease poses a public health risk; 
  • establishing ground-to-air and air-to-ground communication; 
  • managing the event by adequate public health measures applied on an aircraft or upon arrival of the aircraft at the airport; 
  • communicating the event appropriately and 
  • minimizing interference with international traffic. 
The AIRSAN Guidance Document was developed with the involvement of professionals in the field of public health and aviation as well as key international organizations.

Guidance Document:



Questionnaire for cabin crew:

                    Questionnaire for public health official:             

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