Travel Tips

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

As the world slowly starts to open again after the COVID19 pandemic, many people are worried about safely traveling and getting out. On a recent trip I wrote down some travel tips for safe air travel as I thought of or noticed them so I could share them with you. My hope is that they alleviate some of your stress on your next trip. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Many countries are still limiting the people who can enter the country and will for the foreseeable future. For this reason, most people will be traveling within their own country. I don’t know about you, but personally, when I travel I look at foreign destinations for some reason. This is probably odd because my own country, the United States, is so diverse and has much to offer. Take this opportunity to explore places closer to home or if you live in a larger country, places you’ve never gone before. 

The tips and observances in this post are mostly for air travel from my recent trip from Ohio to Idaho. However, some can be applied to any type of travel. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Before Your Flight

After you book your flight and starting about two weeks before you departure, you will receive emails from the airline with updated information regarding procedures they have implemented for your safety. Read through the emails so you know what to expect because things change so fast. 

What to Bring

There are several things you should have in your carryon to make the trip easier on yourself. First, airlines are requiring face masks for the entire flight. You may remove it if you are actively eating or drinking, for the period you are doing so. They aren’t requiring them in the actual airport, although some people look at your funny if you aren’t wearing it. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Some airports have no services for food or drinks. Larger airports may have limited services available. However, the hours for these places have been reduced because they have additional cleaning and also less passengers. If you have a long day of travel, bring food with you. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Don’t judge. It was an 18 hour travel day.

While the airports I traveled through had hand sanitizer stations and of course there is soap in the restrooms, hand sanitizer and wipes are a good idea too. Honestly, I always have them with me. I’m not a germaphobe, but there are a lot of people who go through airports and planes on a daily basis. Better safe than sorry. 

Keep Your Distance

The airports and airlines are doing a great job trying to keep their passengers safe and healthy, but we as the passengers need to do our part. Some of the things I noticed are detailed below. Hopefully they will make you feel better about your trip. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

There are distance reminders all throughout the airports. Circles on the floor for lines, lines on the jetway walls and seats being taped off are some examples to help us stay the recommended 6 feet apart. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

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My observances have been that the planes are not fully booked. The middle seats are left vacant, unless you are traveling as a family. This has made flying much more comfortable. However, I have read accounts where this is not the case. If you are uncomfortable with a totally full flight, do some investigating and see which airlines are adhering to this suggestion from the CDC. I flew Delta. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

The planes I flew on were seriously the cleanest planes I have ever been on. I hope that this continues long into the future. I hate getting on a hastily cleaned plane and having it be dirty. I also received a text before boarding telling me my flight had been sanitized and inspected. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Other Observances

All of the airports I traveled through had so much less traffic than I’ve seen in the past. Some had no crowds at all. The biggest shock to me was Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the world. It was a breeze to walk though. 

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Dayton International Airport

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Atlanta International Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are wearing your mask and wearing glasses at the same time, your glasses will fog up. It’s difficult to read this way. There is an easy way to help with this and it’s much like keeping your snorkel mask from fogging up. Check out the Cleveland Clinic’s website for more ideas. 

1. Wet your glasses.

2. Rub some liquid soap on the lenses. 

3. Rinse the glasses well under warm water. 

4. Dry your glasses with a soft cloth so you don’t scratch them. 

Expect longer layover times and more connections. With less passengers, the airlines are offering less flights. This creates the longer layovers but also requires more connections to get you where you’re going. It took 4 planes to get to Idaho and 3 to get back to Ohio for me. That was not how it was when I flew the same destinations in November. 

Huge Tip

Check and recheck your actual schedule. My itinerary changed 3 times in 6 weeks. One of the changes actually had me on 2 different flights at the same time. The airlines have a lot of changes to make, so mistakes are bound to happen. 

If you follow these travel tips for safe air travel, you should have a smooth trip. Of course, always follow the CDC’s recommendations to wash your hands often, don’t travel if you’re sick, stay away from sick people if at all possible and don’t touch your face. Unfortunately  for me, I noticed that I am in fact a face toucher. I need to stop that. 

Travel can still be fun and adventurous in these changing times, we just have to make allowances for the changes. When it’s safe for your destination, get out there and explore this great big world, starting with the place you call home. Still a little nervous? Check out these other travel tips.

Happy travels!

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Kelly July 1, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Wow! For Atlanta not to be busy, there must not be many people flying yet. The canadian airlines all initially said that they weren’t booking the middle seats but thats changed already.

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Some American Airlines have changed their policy too, but not all. I flew on Delta. I fly again in September and honestly, I hope they don’t change before then. It’s nice to have a little extra room.

  • Reply Jenn July 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for all of the tips you have offered from your own travel experiences. Airplane travel is certainly going to look different for the time being. I am mostly concerned about airline schedule changes and cancellations!

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      I totally understand. I had some odd changes to my tickets and also trouble finding flights when I wanted to fly. It all worked out though.

  • Reply Freya July 2, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    So interesting to see how airline processes have changed. Amazing that such a large US hub was so quiet. In Australia our national carriers are not leaving the middle seats free, they’re still packing people in. Cute turtle face mask btw 🙂

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      I think it would be hard to be a CEO of an airline. You have to make the money, but you want your clients to be safe too. I hate being crammed into a space. Thanks about the mask. I made it because I wanted something fun to wear!

  • Reply Joy July 3, 2020 at 4:37 am

    Wow. Maintaining the social distancing very well. Especially I liked how they blocked the middle seats on the airports. Very few have started here. Domestic flights. Hopefully they are maintaining the same.

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      I hope that they are. It’s hard enough to fly without worrying about getting sick too.

  • Reply Jyoti July 3, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for sharing all your tips. My son went on an international flight a couple of weeks ago and had a similar experience. Everything was exceptionally well managed. He was flying business class and they we super organized. The airline provided an entire kit of things needed for protection

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      That’s great to hear. It would be nice if the airlines kept some of their humanity once this whole pandemic is over.

  • Reply Jennifer July 3, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    I really hope that flights stay at a lower capacity for the time being. It seems like Delta has been doing a good job with this but I’ve heard the opposite about American… Love your mask!!

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you! I agree with you. I was disappointed to hear that American wasn’t doing as well taking care of their clients.

  • Reply sandy n vyjay July 3, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    In the changed world, when travel happens, it will be a changed experience too. The challenges are going to be different and hence one needs to be prepared and careful. You have suggested some really practical and sensible tips to follow. Long layovers, frequent changes in itinerary, longer wait times, are going to be the order of the day and one needs to plan for that.

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Yes. I think as travelers, we have to maintain our flexibility and patience. It’s not so easy to travel, but it can be done.

  • Reply Sarah July 4, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Not looking forward to having to wear my mask for a long flight but I will if I have to. But can’t to wait to travel again. Get me out of here!!

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      I didn’t like wearing it for so long, but it was mandatory and I really wanted to go. I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

  • Reply Jackie July 4, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for sharing these insights and assurances in such strange times. I haven’t flown again yet, but since my daughter lives on the West Coast (and I am on the East), it’s only a matter of time. Plus, I just love to travel. 😉 I appreciate helpful tips. Also, I am a big fan of Delta so happy to hear they are adhering to CDC guidelines.

    • Reply ppadmin July 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      I was really impressed with how Delta is handling travel. I felt perfectly safe flying with them. It’s too bad that other carriers aren’t following the CDC guidelines as closely. I hope you get to go again soon.

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