Stand by for Turbulence

Denise GillinInsurance, News, Risk Management

By Jared Shelly for Risk&

A deadly virus and unruly passengers have shaken aviation safety. Crew members are bearing the brunt of a new wave of passenger harassment while the dangers of contracting COVID-19 are ever present. “Flight attendants have become the mask police,” said Nicole, whose real name is being withheld because she’s not permitted to speak publicly. “My number one job is not to serve drinks. It’s to keep people safe. But it became exhausting.” And, it’s not just impacting aviation.

Insurance implications

Unlike other industries, “there are no COVID-19 exclusions in aviation liability insurance,” said Brad Meinhardt, area executive vice president and managing director of aviation at Arthur J. Gallagher, “but such exclusions have started to appear with respect to excess non-aviation liability insurance where provided. For example, excess employer’s liability and excess commercial auto liability.”

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