Miami International Airport preparedness to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in order to manage airport operations and ensure the safety of employees and passengers at Miami International Airport (MIA) and Miami-Dade County’s general aviation airports.
If any arriving flights at MIA include a passenger who has traveled to China or Iran within the last 14 days, or include a passenger who has had contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days and is showing related symptoms, the CBP will notify the CDC that the passenger requires additional screening by the CDC quarantine station at MIA for COVID-19.
CBP is able to review passenger travel histories prior to arrival at MIA. Based on this review, determinations are made to make sure the proper protocols are followed in order to safeguard employees and the traveling public. Current guidance from the CDC is for CBP at MIA to continue with routine protocols for handling ill passengers.
MDAD has taken preventative measures to deter the spread of the virus by placing hand sanitizers at all key employee operating areas, including breakrooms and information counters throughout the County’s airport system. MDAD has also deployed proper hand-washing hygiene posters in employee breakrooms and at airport ticket counters, in addition to increasing the routine replenishment of hand-sanitizing solutions available to passengers. MDAD employees in MIA’s Federal Inspection Services areas continue to wear gloves, per standard procedure, and gloves are available to all other MDAD employees upon request. Additionally, the cleaning contractors at MIA have teams dedicated to cleaning the airport’s touchpoint areas on all shifts.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $31.9 billion annually and welcoming nearly 60 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at www.MIAefficiency.com.