Korean Air introduces ‘back to front’ aircraft zone boarding procedures

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Korean Air has implemented a “back to front” zone boarding system for all economy class passengers on domestic and international routes, which will ensure that passengers seated at the back of the aircraft will be boarded first.

Each of its aircraft is subdivided into three to four zones depending on its size, and the zone number is printed on passengers’ boarding passes so that travellers can easily check their boarding order. While rear row passengers are to board first, passengers with infants or children, the elderly and those needing special assistance will still be permitted to pre-board regardless of the zone number.

These procedures form part of its social distancing initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The airline said boarding from back to front helps to minimise contact between passengers. There will also be floor markers at the gate for international flights to emphasise social distancing measures so that passengers can keep their separation while waiting to board the flight.

Korean Air said it requires all passengers and employees to wear face masks, regularly disinfects all its aircraft and provides hygiene products, including hand sanitisers for travellers and staff on both aircraft and at airports. It also conducts temperature checks on passengers on all flights and provides protective gowns and goggles to all cabin crew members.