Flying During a Pandemic
Wow! After many long months, I did it. I booked a trip for my husband and I to South Carolina just 13 days before we left. To say I was excited is an understatement. I have heard a lot about how things are at the airport and what to expect when flying. However, experiencing it myself is just what I needed.
Below are a few things I noticed and wanted to share with my fellow travelers. If you're reading this, just know things may have changed since this post, since traveling is so fluid!
5 Flying Notables
Entering the Airport It was quiet and low key. Everyone was helpful. I checked in on the kiosk, put my own stickers on my luggage and put the luggage on the belt for checked baggage. No person to person contact. Security was as usual.
Masks and Distancing Everyone wore masks and was respectful to your space. Chairs were often sprayed and wiped down and hand sanitizer dispensers were everywhere.
Food and Beverages Some restaurants were open for a sit down meal. Also, coffee shops and stores were available for food and beverage purchases. Snacks and water were handed out as you boarded the plane along with a hand sanitizer wipe. TRAVEL TIP: Pack your carry on with a reusable water bottle to fill up once you are through security and also pack some extra snacks. Food availability is different at every airport, especially during a pandemic.
Full Seats Every seat was filled on the plane. This showed me that people are traveling . At this time I am aware Delta is the only airline keeping the middle seat open. This is scheduled until January of 2021. Currently, other airlines are filling the planes.
Peace and Relaxation I thoroughly enjoyed my travels and was not one bit concerned about anything. Being mindful of the simple things and rules made it manageable - wash your hands, keep your distance, and wear your mask!
I hope this has helped ease your inquiring mind, as it did mine. I can't stop thinking of where I want to travel next. I feel so revitalized after the experience of travel again. Just remember, when you are ready to travel, I am here.