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Akron-Canton Airport implementing safety measures, installing acrylic shields and reducing seating

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Posted at 8:36 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 08:38:40-04

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — As the state gradually reopens, the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) has taken additional safety measures ahead in the anticipation of the gradual return of passengers.

Travelers are encouraged to use carry-on luggage and mobile boarding passes to limit touchpoints. Those picking up or dropping off passengers are encouraged to wait in the cell phone lot or short-term lot unless they are assisting unaccompanied minors, passengers with disabilities or others who need assistance.

Guests using the airport will notice several changes:

· Acrylic shields: acrylic shields are being installed in key high-traffic areas, including ticket counters, security checkpoints, boarding gates and concessions counters

· Face coverings: all airport employees, airline employees, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers and most tenants are required to wear face coverings when around other individuals

· Social distancing markers: hundreds of ground markings and signs give guidance on six-foot distancing at ticket counters, boarding gates, restrooms, concessions counters, TSA, and other common areas

· Reduced seating: seating will be reduced, blocked off or spaced apart in places like gate areas, dining areas, workstations and employee break rooms to promote distancing

· Cleaning and sanitation: CAK has increased the frequency of cleaning, using hospital-grade disinfectant on hard surfaces, and has added more hand sanitizers throughout the Airport

“Travelers’ health and comfort are top priorities of ours,” said Ren Camacho, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, in a news release. “Our employees pride themselves on holding high standards for the cleanliness of CAK, and these additional enhancements and protocols will allow us to meet the even higher standards we’ve set.”