Fly High, Fly Safe: Your Guide to a Risk-free Air Travel During COVID-19

Perhaps, this pandemic is far from over. For more than half a year in quarantine, people have acclimated to the new normal when going to work or school, running essential errands, attending events and travelling inside or out of town. Almost half of the scheduled business trips were cancelled at the onset of COVID-19 season. For that, we can all agree that this pandemic has definitely, awfully, hideously ruined our travel plans. Ugh. 

While many travel restrictions are not yet lifted, several domestic airports are slowly operating again. A few countries including Italy, the Maldives and Thailand are starting to reopen their borders for both essential and non-essential travellers from different foreign countries. 

We know. After a number of months that we’ve been inside, most of us are probably excited to step out of the door and see something else other than these four-cornered homes and flat-screen TVs. Aside from the leisure we have longed for, some of us may need to fulfil their business obligations that require some air travelling. Yet the fact that there is not even a sign of flattening the curve is what holds us back from flying. Sure, we have lots of what-ifs in mind. For instance, what if we got infected? What if the plane was not really a safe metal tube but a soaring petri dish? 

Caring about the passenger’s safety is crucial in today’s era more than ever, which is why we are giving you tips on how you can safely travel by air in the age of coronavirus. 

Before you plan for a business or leisure trip, make sure that you are 100% reminded of these practices for your safety and convenience.

 

Check the following:

Local Travel Advice and Restrictions 

In light of COVID-19 pandemic, the government may set travel rules and regulations for inbound and outbound travellers, such as a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Make sure you check the latest government updates regarding the local requirements of your destination.   

Flight Schedule

Schedules may be subject to change, so check the status of your flight before you get to the airport. Only those passengers with booked flights are allowed to enter the terminal building.

Baggage Policy 

Some airlines may have changed their cabin baggage policies. It is essential to verify these rules before you even start packing in order to avoid such inconvenience when entering security. Check the website of your chosen airlines to see updates on their baggage policy or contact their customer service for more information.  

Observe physical distancing.

Once you enter the departure lounge, maintain a distance of 6 feet away from your fellow passengers. Most airlines are providing passengers with a dedicated slot to book so that they can keep their distance from one another.   

Wear protective gears.

Make sure you wear a suitable face covering, especially when taking a coach hire or any communal ride to the airport. Protective gears must be worn throughout your entire travel from entry to the terminal building, airport bus, and the plane. While airlines are making sure that their aeroplanes are sanitised intensively, passengers are still advised to wear their face coverings on board. You can also wear disposable gloves to limit your contact with frequently-touched surfaces that might be contaminated — handrails and elevator buttons to name a few.   

Wash your hands.

Using shared loos is unavoidable inside the plane. Wash your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet. Some airlines will provide you with wipes and even allow the passengers to bring upsized hand sanitizer bottles on board. Make sure you have a sanitizer or alcohol in your sling bag in case there is no available soap in the toilet.   

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