American Airlines preps for take off with GBAC

American Airlines to pursue GBAC STAR accreditation for its entire fleet of aircraft and airport customer lounges.

American Airlines Group Inc. has announced plans to pursue GBAC STAR accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) for its entire fleet of aircraft as well as the airline’s airport customer lounges.

To earn accreditation, the American Airlines must demonstrate compliance with GBAC STAR’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment, emergency preparedness, and response measures.

American Airlines aims to be the first airline to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, with a goal of full accreditation by the end of the year.

GBAC, a division of ISSA, includes experts in microbial-pathogenic threat analysis and mitigation, and is designed specifically to deal with biological threats such as coronavirus (COVID-19).

The GBAC STAR accreditation program has been adopted by high-profile facilities and organisations in 30 countries around the world.

The accreditation forms part of several new actions the airline is implementing, including collaborating with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to create its first Travel Health Advisory Panel.

For accreditation criteria and facility applications, visit

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