“I’m not sure there is ever going to be a return to exactly the way things were before. I think there will be a new normal and everyone will get used to it, but there will be a change in the way things are done that will remain permanent.” Julie Wienberg, Vice President of Aviation Infrastructure, HNTB Corp.
The COVID-19 health pandemic will eventually be in the past and signage reminding travelers to socially distance and wash hands may go away with it. But this is likely not the last pandemic this country will see. Whether it’s building with materials that are easier to clean, increasing the availability of touchless options for passengers or designing security measures that ensure the health and safety of travelers and those who work at the airport, increased awareness of the implications of health-related incidents will create long-term change in the airport experience.