Introducing Air Canada CleanCare+

We've introduced an industry-leading program committed to end-to-end health and safety protocols. Using new biosafety standards and enhancing preventive measures, we are elevating the steps we're taking to keep you safe throughout your travel with us, because we believe in putting safety first, always.

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Please note, for those over the age of 2, wearing a face covering while travelling is a mandatory requirement issued by Transport Canada. All non-compliance cases will be reported to Transport Canada, and could result in a financial penalty.

Masks with an exhalation valve, bandanas, and scarves, have been deemed ineffective in the protection against COVID-19, according to requirements outlined by Transport Canada. As such, they no longer qualify as acceptable face coverings when travelling with us. Learn more about what is accepted as an effective face covering.

If you have a medical certificate confirming that there is a medical reason preventing you from wearing a face covering during your travel, you must provide this to Air Canada. Once you have obtained your medical certificate, please contact the Air Canada Medical Assistance Desk.


Health screening questions and pre-flight infrared temperature checks for customers, as well as the disinfection of frequently touched areas such as check-in counters and kiosks are just some of the measures implemented for your safety.

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1As of July 1, a notification email will be sent to you prior to check-in if your flight is reaching capacity in Economy Class. This is to allow you to explore other options if you prefer more space onboard.

2As a preventative measure, your temperature will be taken without contact.

3Virtual queuing in place of physical lineups will minimize wait times and contact at select counters.

4For select journeys, print bag tags and check your bags simply by scanning your boarding pass at our TouchFree Bag Check.

5For the safety of everyone, our check-in kiosks are regularly cleaned.

6Touch-free check-in at select airports includes our seamless TouchFree Bag Check service. Indicate the number of checked bags during mobile check-in, print your bag tags from dedicated kiosks, then drop off your bags using TouchFree Bag Drop.

7For your safety, all customers are required to wear protective face coverings.

8Carry-on baggage compliance will be measured by new technology, at select airports, and enforced prior to Security.

9Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed around the airport for your personal use.

10All of our check-in counters are thoroughly sanitized throughout the day.

11All of our employees wear face coverings, with other optional PPE (personal protective equipment) items available such as gloves.

12We'll ask you a few health questions before you board to make sure you're safe to fly.



Ongoing cleaning of our gate areas, regular health screening questions for all customers, as well as mandatory face coverings for all employees and customers are steps designed to protect you, and everyone on board.

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1For your safety, we're asking all customers to wear protective face coverings.

2As of July 1, gate announcements will be made to advise Economy Class customers if their flight is reaching capacity. This is to allow you to explore other options if you prefer more space onboard.

3All of our gate counters are cleaned regularly for your convenience.

4All of our employees wear face coverings, with other optional PPE items available such as gloves.

5Our boarding process has changed to minimize contact and ensure appropriate distancing.

6As a precaution, you may be asked a few health-related questions before boarding.


On board

All high-touch areas are sanitized with a hospital-grade disinfectant before every flight, and each time an aircraft overnights it receives a thorough cleaning. Additional preventive measures like mandatory face coverings and adjusted onboard services are also in place to better protect customers and employees.

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1For your safety, all seat belt buckles and seat controls are sanitized inside and out.

2We properly wipe and sanitize each armrest for your health and comfort.

3We're sanitizing cabin windows and shades to help you enjoy the view.

4Your light switches and air circulation controls are properly sanitized to keep you safe.

5Our crew sanitizes all ceiling areas when an aircraft overnights.

6When an aircraft overnights, we sanitize the inside of each overhead bin to keep your luggage clean.

7You can fly confidently, knowing our HEPA filtration systems capture 99.9% of airborne particles, and continually refreshes cabin air.

8For your safety, we're asking all customers to wear protective face coverings.

9Pillows and blankets provided are wrapped and sealed.

10We sanitize each overhead bin handle.

11Our employees now wear face coverings throughout your flight, with other PPE items available.

12We use a disinfectant in the regular cleaning of our lavatories, and antiseptic wipes will also be available for your use in lavatories.

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1On flights where complimentary meals are offered, pre-packaged meals will be provided for your safety, with an antiseptic wipe included in the meal box.

2Bar service will be combined with meal service to minimize contact.

3We're sanitizing all tray tables before boarding for your safety.

4We're rigorously grooming all headrest covers.

5We sanitize your personal screen and all surfaces of the in-flight entertainment area.

6We are introducing an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer as part of our sanitization procedures.

7We’re enhancing our disposable Customer Care Kits to include a complimentary mask, bottled water, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, headset, and snack.

8We’re wiping down sidewalls for your peace of mind each time an aircraft overnights.



Enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, pre-packaged foods and a new ordering system are some of the steps we’re taking as we begin reopening lounges this summer.

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1Hand sanitizer dispensers are positioned strategically throughout lounge.

2Face masks are mandatory for customers and employees

3All high-touch areas are thoroughly cleaned with a hospital-grade disinfectant throughout the day

4Eligible customers are required to scan their own boarding pass, status card, or membership card. The card swiper will be disinfected after each use.

5For employees, temperature screenings and daily health assessments are mandatory.

6As a means of contact tracing, a record is kept of all lounge visitors for 30 days.

7Business services are limited to complimentary Wi-Fi and remote printing.

8Customer flow is managed via arrowed floor decals.

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1Our lounge is divided into separate sections to facilitate cleaning procedures throughout the day, including electrostatic spraying, which requires a particular section to be closed for about 5-10 minutes.

2Pre-packaged meals.

3All reading material (newspapers and magazines) is provided digitally via PressReader.

4There is assisted bar service with our full offering.

5Tables and chairs are sanitized after each use.

6Meals can be ordered and delivered to your table by accessing the new Maple Leaf Lounge @ la table service by simply scanning an NFC or QR code at your table.

7A dedicated washroom attendant is on duty, responsible to disinfect and sanitize facilities.

8Showers remain closed until further notice.


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Frequently asked questions

Air Canada rigorously follows the relevant guidance of all health authorities and follows best demonstrated practices in the prevention and handling of communicable diseases in the air travel industry. In the last year, we entered a partnership with BlueDot, a third-party company that monitors infectious diseases all over the world and provides us with the most updated information to ensure we are equipped to make the best decisions in real time.

We have built on the recommendations of ICAO and other global organizations that a multi-layered strategy to COVID-19 safety is most effective. The Air Canada CleanCare+ program takes measures that overlap at all stages of the journey, in the airport, at the gate and onboard, to provide effective protections. Air Canada is continually evaluating new processes and technologies as they become available to further enhance safety.

Here are the answers to your questions:

Are pre-flight customer temperature checks mandatory for all passengers?

Customers (including children) on Air Canada flights are subject to an infrared temperature check. This non-contact procedure will be performed in the context of the existing government-mandated health questionnaire currently completed by travellers. Temperature checks are an additional layer of safety screening health authorities have advised fever is a common COVID-19 symptom.

If customers are found to have an elevated temperature (38.0 C and above – except for flights to Shanghai which has a temperature threshold of 37.3 C and above), Air Canada will consult with its medical experts before making a final decision, but elevated temperature in itself is not determinative. Customers who, after further confirmation and verification, are deemed unwell to travel will be rebooked at no cost and will be required to obtain medical clearance prior to travel.

Temperature checks are conducted using safe, non-contact, infrared devices which have been approved by many health authorities as well as Air Canada’s Chief Medical Officer. The units quickly and accurately measure the body temperature with an accuracy +/- 0.3 degree Celsius. They do not produce emissions nor is any data stored.

The temperature infrared reading devices are tested daily to ensure they are accurate, and batteries are replaced regularly.  If an elevated reading is obtained, our protocol is to re-check with another temperature device. Air Canada’s reference is 37.5 deg C, which is consistent with other worldwide jurisdictions conducting pre-flight temperature checks.

I am on a full flight. What options do I have if I wish to have additional space onboard?

We are transparent about flights which are booked closer to capacity in Economy Class. Effective July 1, emails will be sent to Economy Class customers on such flights, in advance of check-in, and announcements will be made at the departure gate. Customers who prefer to travel on a different flight will have an option to change to another flight operating within three days or to the next available flight without additional fees. If you booked directly with Air Canada, you will also have the option to exchange your ticket for an Air Canada Travel Voucher, or for Aeroplan points with a 65% bonus, View full details here .

Air Canada follows the recommendations of ICAO and other global organizations that a multi-layered strategy to COVID-19 safety is most effective. The Air Canada CleanCare+ program takes measures that overlap at all stages of the journey, with increasing touchless and streamlined services being introduced at the airport, at the gate and onboard, to provide effective protections. Air Canada is continually evaluating new processes and technologies as they become available to further enhance safety.

Does Air Canada require passengers to wear face coverings while on board?

For the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, we require all customers to wear cloth coverings or masks over their mouth and nose while at check-in, during the boarding process and during flight on all Air Canada aircraft.

Customers should bring their own face coverings which will be verified prior to boarding all Air Canada flights and prior to security screening at Canadian airports. The coverings do not need to be medical masks - any face covering including a scarf or similar item is acceptable.

Customers will need to wear their face covering at the gate, where they will be required to lower it for identification purposes on photo IDs, as required by Canadian regulations.

While on board, customers are further required to wear their face covering at all times except to eat and drink or, in case of an in-flight emergency should the oxygen masks be deployed, or when, in the judgment of the crew, appropriate physical distancing can be maintained.

This requirement applies to all customers except for children under the age of 2 or customers who have a medical condition preventing them from wearing such a covering. This exemption will need to be verified and approved by Air Canada in advance through a medical certificate or Air Canada Fitness to Fly form. Click here for more details on how to submit.

What kind of safety items does Air Canada provide its customers onboard?

We distribute complimentary customer Care Kits which include: 30 ml hand sanitizer, 2 antiseptic wipes, mask (non-surgical), 250 ml water bottle to all customers onboard all Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights.

For sanitary reasons, the bag used to package these Care Kit items also doubles as a trash bag to dispose any personal items.

What are Air Canada’s grooming procedures to eliminate the virus which causes COVID-19?

Air Canada has already been recognized by the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards for Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in North America. With the onset of COVID-19 we expanded our existing aircraft grooming procedures, which already incorporated the use of hospital-disinfectant and specialized techniques to maintain cabin cleanliness across our fleet.

We have additionally strengthened our industry-leading cabin grooming standards with the introduction of electrostatic spraying of cabin interiors.

All cleaning products we use including disinfectants are effective and fully approved for use by Health Canada.

As per PHAC guidelines and other resources, coronaviruses do not readily survive on soft materials (headrest covers, seat covers, carpets, etc.). However, these are replaced if soiled. If we are informed by an appropriate health authority that a potentially infected passenger has been on an aircraft, it is taken out of service for deep grooming as per PHAC guidance.

Can I be infected by the air in the aircraft if an infected passenger is onboard?

Our aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters which effectively capture 99.9% of particulates from recirculated air in the aircraft cabin. This includes microbial organisms such as bacteria and viruses.  These filters are similar to those used in hospital rooms and like hospital rooms, the air within the cabin is refreshed every 2 to 3 minutes for a total of 20 to 30 total air changes per hour.

What does Air Canada do if a passenger is identified as having travelled with COVID-19 post flight?

As with all communicable disease protocols, if someone tests positive for the virus after having travelled on a flight, Air Canada is notified by the appropriate health authority. Depending on the transmission profile of the disease, we are given strict protocol as to who is required for contact tracing.

The health authorities take responsibility for contacting passengers directly and advising them of the situation. In most cases, crews primarily working in the specific rows are also included in the contact tracing. Due to privacy laws, the names cannot be disclosed to anyone other than the public health authority.

To protect all those on board, if a customer exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, Air Canada has well-established protocols and our crews are well trained to manage these situations. During flight, our Flight Deck crew also can directly contact medical authorities who can advise in real time. If determined necessary, health authorities will meet the aircraft to assess and follow up as required.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) maintains a list of flights with confirmed COVID-19 cases on board. To view a list of flights, please click HERE.

Cases of transmission of communicable diseases on aircraft are very rare. To learn more please view our fact sheet.

How does Air Canada ensure its employees are healthy and safe?

Air Canada is 100% compliant with all Transport Canada and PHAC health and safety directives for crews and employees, including for self-isolation. Any employee who feels ill or experiences any COVID-19 symptoms must stay home and seek medical advice.

We also require all customer-facing employees to use Personal Protective Equipment such as face guards, masks and gloves, and all employees have access to hand sanitizer. Our in-flight crew is also additionally provided with safety glasses and gowns.