An old adage says that “happiness is a journey, not a destination.” But if you’re like many air travelers, you would quickly assert that happiness, for you, is in reaching your destination and finally ending your journey. This is especially true in the current COVID-19 season, according to business leader Brian Ferdinand in a recently published article on air travel. However, just a few simple moves can help you to have a positive airplane traveling experience this year.
Flying in the Age of the Coronavirus
Due to how air is filtered and circulates on airplanes, the majority of viruses do not spread easily during flights. Still, both novice travelers and seasoned travelers may be nervous about flying today because a crowded flight makes social distancing challenging. On top of this, when you’re traveling by air, you have to spend a lot of time at airport terminals and in security screening lines, and which brings you close to other people.
However, the FAA and CDC have both issued guidance for airlines to help them to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Thus, most U.S. airlines require both passengers and crews to don face coverings, such as masks or plastic shields. In addition, the TSA has boosted the level of surface disinfecting and cleaning that takes place at flight screening checkpoints. TSA officers are also attempting to practice social distancing when interacting with customers and colleagues.
The next time you fly, you might furthermore notice more TSA officers donning gloves and changing them between pat-downs. In addition, you might not see as many travelers now as you used to, which means there won’t be as many screening lanes open at the airport.
What You Can Do
One of the best things you can do to enhance your flight experience is to bring alcohol wipes to the airport with you. Even though new regulations for cleaning are in place, you can still take extra precautions by wiping down your armrest and seat, according to Brian Ferdinand. You can also use sanitizing wipes to clean your headrest and tray table.
Also, when you’re getting ready to submit your boarding pass to a TSA officer, simply place your pass on his or her scanner. Then, hold it up for inspection. This will help to limit your contact with the officer.
In addition, try to place your phones, wallets, and keys in your carry-on bag rather than in bins. This will keep these items from being handled unnecessarily during the screening process.