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19 SAFETY TIPS IF YOU’RE FLYING DURING COVID-19

With the relaxation coming down in the lockdown after several months, people are looking to go out and relax on a lazy holiday, especially after staying home for so long. As the change in the weather approaches, people are deciding to take long vacations, of which few includes flying by air to their destinations

However, there is one thing that is still not slowing down and that is the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. This makes it a concerning situation for people looking to travel.

Traveling does increase your risk of getting in contact and spreading COVID-19. The additional risk is there when you are traveling by air since an airplane is a closed space where you cannot maintain the recommended 6 feet apart social distancing guidelines.

We will be talking about 19 great tips that you should consider before making your air travel plans during this pandemic:

  1. Before you start the travel, you need to undertake several questions. Is COVID-19 spreading rapidly to your destination or from the place you are starting? If the place you are visiting is having high numbers of community spread then the chances are that you could get the same during your travel. Do you fall into the category of increased risk for severe illness? Although COVID-19 isn’t age selected, however, older adults or people of any age suffering from any medical condition previously are at increased risk to face the severe illness from COVID-19. Are you living with someone who is at increased risk for severe illness? Just in case you get infected while traveling, then the virus will be spread to the person you live with easily upon your return regardless if you have symptoms or not.
  2. If you are a cancer patient or are having a medical condition or any other immunocompromising disease, it is better to avoid air travel right now. This is because you are putting yourself at high risk of getting infected.
  3. Make you are getting the testing done, before and after. You can get tested 1 to 3 days before your air trip. If the test results get delay, you might consider postponing your flight as well. Also, keep the original copy of the test results with you during the travel. Once your trip gets over, undergo a test once again.
  4. Do not remove your mask anytime and make sure to follow the rules. Most of the airlines want their passengers to wear the mask while they are on the airport or in the aircraft. However, you can remove the mask once you are eating or drinking but don’t take advantage of this rule by sipping on a cup of water during the entire flight, just to avoid wearing the mask. Keeping your mask not only protects you from getting infected with the virus, but it will stop you as well from spreading the virus to others and make them infected if you are ill and isn’t aware of it right now. Wearing a mask on the flight is your best option of social distance between you and the others always adhere to this rule.
  5. The medical experts come out with various steps you need to follow during travel to keep you and others safe while traveling. Few of them includes maintaining a distance of 6 feet or 2 meters between you and fellow passengers for as much duration as possible, if you see someone sick then avoid making contact with them, always limit your contact with the surfaces which is accessed by mostly everyone, such as handrails, elevator up and down button with kiosks. If there is no last resort but to touch them, make sure you are using hand sanitizer or wash your hands instantly.
  6. Coming from the previous, when you visit such a commonplace like an airport or airplane, you will encounter such commonly touched surfaces a lot. Although airlines are trying their best to make the whole trip contactless for you right from the check-in process, still you might need to hold the door handles, luggage bins, escalators banisters, and even the chips packet which might have come down in contact with someone else before.
  7. One important thing which pops up here is you should always avoid touching your face. Although we are habitual of doing so but our health is important first. This virus cannot spread or make you sick by penetrating your skin; however, it can travel inside your body if the virus will come in direct contact with any of the mucous membranes which include the mouth, nose, or eyelids. Lastly, to avoid such things from happening, keep sanitizing, or washing your hands.
  8. Since you can’t maintain the social distance and have to remain in close quarters with others. To ensure the best safety, make sure you are keeping a good distance while you are in the terminal. The time gap between the security line and flight boarding can be used to capitalize on avoiding the risk you can encounter while traveling to your destination. While you are waiting to board your flight, maintain six feet distance from all the other fellow passengers for as much duration as possible. Keep in mind that six feet may be much farther than you would have thought initially.
  9. You can reduce the risk of getting infected before the flight starts. Make sure while you are booking the flight that there is no unnecessary layover and try to keep the flying hours as low as possible to reach quickly.
  10. Always insure of making the right choices with your flight booking. It will be best if you go through the website information of the airlines you’ll be traveling with to make yourself aware of all the safety measures needed into consideration at terminals and airplanes.
  11. Now that you have reached your destination, your previous study of local requirements and restrictions would help you out here quickly. There are various state, local, and territorial government requirements that are there which is needed to be followed. Some of them include people wearing the mask and for the recent travel to stay home quarantine for the next 10 to 14 days. To save yourself from this situation of surprise or delays, make sure you are already aware of the local restrictions at your destination or anywhere else you might want to take a small break while you are on the way.
  12. Make sure you are wearing your face masks while screening and if the employees ask you to adjust the mask for identification purposes, obey the same.
  13. At the airport, try to keep things as much contactless as possible. You can place paper or electronic boarding passes at the scanner and then holds them up for their inspection.
  14. Make sure you are not forgetting the much-needed hand sanitizer; however, take them out during the screening.
  15. No matter where you are going, you might need further transportation to reach your hotel or home. Browse the internet to know about the car rental option and what disinfection policies they are following. Make sure to maintain social distancing while you are on public transportation, keep your mask at the right place, make good use of hand sanitizer, or wash your hands the first thing upon the arrival of the destination. If you are using a taxi, never sit together with the driver in the front seat.
  16. The hotel staff is well aware of the fact that you are much concerned about the virus spread and safety from it. But to be surer, visit the website of the hotel you are checking in to know the procedure of safety followed by the staff as well as the guests. Once you enter your room, the first thing you need to do is disinfect all the high-touch surfaces which include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, tables, desks, phones, remote controls, wash plates, silverware, faucets, glasses, and cups.
  17. When you are packing your bag, keep in all the safety essentials along with the medications you take to have a safe travel experience. Some essentials include extra face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and a thermometer.
  18. Although the virus can make ill to just anybody, you have to be extra careful in case of older adults or someone who is facing one or more medical conditions since they are at increased risk from this virus. Medical conditions that can worsen the situation include cancer, chronic kidney disease, weak immunity system, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sickle cell disease, serious heart problems, type-2 diabetes, obesity, smoking, and pregnancy.
  19. No one likes to cancel their travel trip especially when you are looking forward to meeting your loved ones whom you haven’t seen in a while. This pandemic has made us realize how much we should value every vacation with our loved ones; unfortunately, the virus doesn’t care about your plans. If you see that the virus is spreading at the considerable pace at your destination, you might need to put a hold on your air travel for now.