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San Francisco International Airport
SFO Earns COVID-19 Health Accreditation from Airports Council International
Airport recognized for measures to protect passengers and airport workers
SAN FRANCISCO - December
8, 2020 – The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced it
has received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council
International (ACI) World. The organization’s Airport Health
Accreditation program evaluates new health and safety measures and
procedures introduced at airports worldwide in response to the COVID-19
pandemic. Areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and
disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout,
passenger communications and passenger facilities.
safety of our passengers and employees has always been our highest
priority,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “We have transformed
our airport to meet the challenges of this pandemic and will continue
to drive initiatives that help restore air travel. Earning the ACI
Airport Health Accreditation serves as a validation of the safety and
health measures we have implemented.”
SFO has taken the following measures which align with the ACI Airport Health Accreditation:
Onsite rapid COVID-19 testing
was the first U.S. airport to offer rapid onsite testing for airport
employees and has since expanded the onsite testing facility to be
available to United Airlines passengers traveling to Hawaii and Cathay
Pacific passengers traveling to Hong Kong.
Facial covering/face masks
was the first major airport in the U.S. to require a facial covering or
face mask to be worn at all times in its facilities. SFO offers
complimentary masks in all terminals and created a Travel Well
Ambassador program, which is staffed with volunteer airport workers, to
help passengers to meet masking/facial covering requirements.
are in place to help travelers maintain a distance of at least six feet
from others. SFO has installed over 15,000 physical distancing markers
at ticket counters, security checkpoint queues, baggage claim, and
seating areas. Elevators are limited to a maximum of two passengers.
has installed hundreds of hand sanitizers throughout the terminals, and
the TSA now allows travelers to bring up a container of liquid hand
sanitizer, up to 12 ounces in size, in carry-on baggage.
terminal restrooms, SFO has deactivated hand dryers in accordance with
current health guidance; disposable paper towels are available for
Clear Protective Shields
protect passengers and employees, clear plastic barriers have been
installed in locations where face-to-face interactions might take
place, such as information booths, airline ticket counters and TSA
Enhanced cleaning measures
staff continue increased cleaning of facilities with EPA-approved
effective germicidal agent that kills all coronaviruses and is outlined
in CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfection.
SFO team employs no-touch cleaning systems, including all-surface
equipment and battery-operated disinfectant sprayers, to clean, rinse
and dry surfaces, and recover the water used without ever touching a
For more information, visit www.flysfo.com/travel-well.
About San Francisco International Airport
wants you to Travel Well. SFO works with local, state, and federal
health officials to protect against COVID-19. Measures include
enhanced cleaning protocols, hundreds of hand sanitizer stations,
physical barriers, face coverings for everyone, and physical
distancing. To learn more visit flysfo.com/travel-well.
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