Resources for Flight Crews

Last Update: 4/3/2020 4:30 p.m.

For additional details from ALPA on some of the resources listed on this page (marked with *), see our Summary of Relevant COVID-19 Documents for Flight Crews.

ALPA Members

Travel Warnings and Notices

Airline Industry/Travel Recommendations and Policies

Reporting Deaths or Illness in Flight

42 CFR 71.21 requires the pilots of international flights to the United States to report before arrival any deaths or illnesses (as defined in the regulations) among passengers or crew to CDC’s quarantine station at or nearest to the airport of arrival. This may be done by a report to ATC or the company using established means for that purpose.

CDC Death and Disease Reporting Tool for Pilots 

Statement from the Manufacturer of Sani-Com Wipes

Celeste Industries Corporation has provided ALPA with the following statement regarding the effectiveness of Sani-Com against COVID-19:

"Sani-Com: A hand sanitizer is regulated through the FDA and Disinfectants are regulated through the EPA. Celeste Sani-Com contains the appropriate levels of Benzalkonium Chloride that is called out in the FDA monograph for hand sanitizing. We cannot say anything other than it is effective at removing germs from the skin. We cannot make specific claims against specific organisms or diseases. Purell recently received a warning letter for claiming their hand sanitizer prevented Ebola and some other specific diseases. It is a hand sanitizer and a hard surface cleaner."

Pilots and Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

Pilots who are concerned about the potential for testing positive for alcohol consumption through skin absorption may question whether it is safe to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants for the novel coronoavirus (nCoV) and whether there are suitable alternatives. According to ALPA’s aeromedical advisor, Dr. Quay Snyder, alcohol-based disinfectants could, in theory, be absorbed through the skin and create a positive alcohol urine test, but other forms of testing for alcohol abstinence (i.e., breath and blood) would not test positive. Daily physical contact with a significant amount of alcohol-based disinfectant or sanitizer could potentially result in a positive test. Nonpermeable gloves provide adequate protection for a pilot who wishes to sanitize surfaces with an alcohol-based disinfectant. And nonalcohol-based sanitizers, such as those that are hexachlorophene-based (used in surgical scrub), followed by a 20-second wash with soap and hot water, is a good, alternative sanitizing method.