The new norm: a phrase we hear all too often in the era of COVID. But no matter what the norm is, was, or will be, life goes on. And some of us, whether by necessity or desire, begin to travel again. Here are five tips you can use to stay safe while flying the friendly skies.
While traveling you may encounter that person who thinks putting on a facemask is tantamount to enhanced interrogation techniques. So, it’s in your best interest to wear your own mask throughout your time in the airport and in-flight. Also, don’t forget to bring multiple masks with you in case yours or someone else's gets damaged. Contrary to what some people may think, we’re all in this together.
Check Local Requirements & Restrictions
Some states and international governments have requirements for people flying into their area. These requirements can range anywhere from proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 48 hours of you landing to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Save yourself an unpleasant story by checking your state and local health websites as well as the ones of the area you’ll be traveling too.
Bring Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Now if you’ve seen any airline website you’ve been reminded, several times, how freakishly clean their planes are. But, as the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than laid up in a hospital. So, have your disinfectant wipes handy and easily accessible. And as an extra precaution you should still wipe down your own area, particularly your tray table.
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick – this is a no-brainer. Also, try to limit contact with frequently touched surfaces like handrails, elevator buttons, and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer, and (if you can) wash your hands afterward. Look, we know it’s hard to not to do, but please, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth!
Wash Your Hands
This is the one that we’ve been told since this thing started, so, wash your hands! It's especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose – especially after touching the surface of other places on the airplane.
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