An Alitalia employee waits at the desk the Leonardo Da Vinci airport, in Rome, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.(Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)Associated Press

Italy’s aviation authority banned the use of overhead storage compartments on all flights to, from, or within the country.
The restriction is meant to prevent people from crowding in the aisles before and after flights, potentially transmitting the coronavirus.
Italy also lifted social distancing requirements on flights, although passengers are still required to wear face masks.
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Italy’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) said on Friday that overhead storage compartments must be blocked on certain flights to, from, and within the country, part of an unusual effort to try and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus on planes.

The rule change specifically describes it as being “for health reasons,” according to The Local, an English-language Italian news outlet.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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