After several weeks of preparations and work behind the scenes, the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law is proud to announce the launch of the Air Line Emergency Restrictions Tracker (ALERT) Portal. This interactive website tracks air travel restrictions and quarantine measures in about 100 countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will prove valuable to the traveling public and researchers in the future.
Since the beginning of the year, countries around the world have imposed a variety of unilateral travel bans or restrictions on air travel in attempts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. These wide-ranging measures affecting international and domestic commercial air travel are hard to navigate, and it is becoming exceedingly difficult to know what measures are in effect and whether travel is permitted.
By collecting and organising data from various sources, ALERT aims to provide accurate and timely information on measures across the globe affecting air travel.
Through the ALERT portal, users will find relevant travel and quarantine information pertaining to all 36 Member States of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization as well as the 60 “rotation” group of countries affiliated with the Council membership. As the ALERT portal matures, information on more countries will be progressively added to the website.
About the Air Line Emergency Restrictions Tracker (ALERT)
ALERT is an IASL initiative developed as a public service to help inform and educate the public about the latest developments and trends in aerospace law. By marrying information on laws and regulations with big data, the IASL has undertaken to produce a valuable resource for the convenience of the global public as well as for research purposes.
The idea for ALERT was first publicly unveiled in early April during an online session IASL Director Professor Brian F. Havel held with all IASL students. Inspired by research into the effects of the pandemic on air travel, current IASL DCL candidate Ms. Upasana Dasgupta conceived the idea to create a go-to source containing information on air travel restrictions. Working under the supervision of Professor Havel, and with valuable assistance from several IASL students and alumni, Upasana worked tirelessly to develop ideas on how to collect data and conceptualise a website for the information to be displayed in an accessible and user-friendly manner.
In the future, other tools and metrics to enhance the usability and value of the portal to the general public will be developed. We invite you to take a look at the ALERT Portal, and welcome any suggestions for improvement and any additional information that you may be able to provide to enhance the content.