How to stay safe on a flight with Coronavirus

Vacations have resumed under the government’s traffic-light system, especially now that the quarantine for amber-list entrants who have been completely vaccinated has been lifted.

As more people take to the skies in search of greener pastures, they may discover a radically different experience than in pre-Covid times.

Measures aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus have become commonplace, ranging from social separation and wearing masks at airports to limiting food on planes.

But how risky is flying? Is there any way to ensure security? You’ll discover everything you need to know right here.

What is the best way for me to go to the airport?

There’s the getting to the airport part to consider before you even arrive at the airport.

Traveling by car has a lower risk of coming into touch with new people – and thus a lower risk of coming into contact with coronavirus – than taking public transportation.

Every means of transportation, in essence, has some level of risk. If contracting Covid-19 is your biggest fear right now, a car is definitely the best option. Be sure to wear a mask, keep the window open, and wash/sanitize your hands before and after catching a cab.

What can I do to keep myself safe at the airport?

New measures, such as social separation and required facial covers for passengers and workers, are now widely used at the airport.

Although travelers commonly associate planes with diseases, the airport, which brings people from all over the world together, poses a considerably greater risk.

The most crucial actions to take are to keep your distance from individuals outside your home:

  • wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • wear a mask.

There are alternative strategies to limit your contact with others:

  • checking in online
  • printing your boarding pass ahead of time.

What can I do to stay safe on the plane?

Onboard, the Department for Transport recommends passengers to stay seated as much as possible; follow crew instructions and suggestions; use contactless payment when feasible; be aware that food and drink service may be limited, and notify the cabin staff if you become ill.

When not eating or drinking, most airlines will require you to wear a mask and will give hand sanitizer.

If you’re flying short-haul, going to the bathroom right before boarding may help you avoid having to go while on the plane, which means less movement and a lower risk of coming into contact with a coronavirus carrier.

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