Research Projects

The role of the CDC and other health organizations in airport operations. In Reserve

Airports need to understand the regulatory implications when developing and implementing plans for COVID-19 and other contagions' response. Further, international and US airports have already deployed technologies and operational plans to deal with public wellness and safety all in an attempt to provide a perceived "clean" environment to the public; which will help accelerate the restart of travel.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Several US airports have worked with local and federal agencies. There is a lack of consistency however based on interpretation of the applicable laws and regulations. To further complicate matters, airlines have also begun to implement their own plans; which for airports used as hubs the impact might not dovetail well with the airport's plans and abilities. To this end, airports would benefit greatly from a single source of truth concerning their rights and obligations. Further, as they develop plans having guidance for the latest means and methods being deployed around the world would not only enlighten and benefit US airport operators but also accelerate their response to COVID-19 and other contagions in the future.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Develop a guidebook with agency resource materials, an interactive road-map for potential implementation strategies, and operational plan development tools and current best practices as identified through research, case studies and industry interviews. The guidebook will contain links for appropriate resources, regulations and guidance; a section on current deployed technologies along with means and methods; and lastly, future anticipated tools and techniques for contagions' response.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

The approach should include:

A complete review of existing regulations and guidance, current available research such as the previous ACRP synthesis project(s), and published case studies.

Interviewing airports, both US and internationally regarding their efforts to public wellness. This outreach should include the trade organizations such as AAAE and ACI.

Draft guidance and reporting out progress to the panel before proceeding.

Follow up or additional research and outreach.

Draft deliverable and review

Finalize deliverable in the form of a detailed guidebook usable by airports of all sizes.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$250,000 with a timeline of 12 to 15 months reflects previous efforts of this size and approach.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

The ACRP Synthesis on Preparing Airports for Communicable Diseases on Arriving Flights compiles existing practices on the role of local public health officers and CDC. The data collection included survey of 50 airports and 39 paired local public health officers in airport operations and emergency response. Research documentation also included six detailed case examples involving interviews with aviation and public health partners, and interviews with representatives of five leading international, national, and regional airport and public health organizations to provide expert validation of the study's findings and identify further research.

Idea No. 435