Hey, Are you not terrified of the Coronavirus? I am.
So when I was deciding whether my friend and I would go through with travel plans we made a year ago, it was tough to make a final decision.
But we decided to make it. Brave enough of mine! Right?
Since we chose to fly, I want to share our journey because we love to travel and I believe that if people don’t start flying again, we could lose this incredible way to connect with the people and places we love most and the rich experiences that come with flying around the world.
My experience of flying
Considering the fact that there has been a panic among people all around because of the pandemic, the fear of flying was real. But it was scarier in my head than in real life. I worried people wouldn’t keep their distance or wear masks. I was even concerned about touching bins through security and standing too close to people, but none of that happened. What I found was that airports and airlines (plus fellow travelers) seemed to be taking serious precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. You can say my airlines have put a lot of thought and care into every step of its guests’ and employees’ travel journey. From blocking middle seats to placing Plexiglas and social distancing stickers at every touchpoint in the airport—the preparedness shows.
Planes have also never seemed so clean. I have always been the type-A traveler who brings wipes onboard to sanitize everything (this trip was no different) but I have never heard a flight crew announce to their guests about the aircraft’s deep cleaning and sanitization before every flight, that was a nice touch.
The airline also has an effective mandatory “mask policy” that not only encourages compliance; it empowers their flight attendants to not allow a guest on board who is not wearing a mask, which could put them on a no-fly list if they don’t comply.
It’s nice to know everyone is helping to keep everyone safe. Unless you are a child under the age of two you must wear a mask, bandana, or neck gaiter (face shields alone don’t count)—whether we like it or not, they are proving to be effective.
The only thing that was missing in my flight experience was the yummy and hot food they served during the flight. Yes, as the government has not yet allowed the serving of meals in the airplane, so, no hospitality is offered as of now. Nevertheless, to compensate for the same we packed our own snacks and filled our reusable water bottles at touch-free fill stations. Also, we can’t go wrong packing hand sanitizer and gloves. We packed in such a way that all essential items are easily accessible. I packed a 3-ounce bottle of disinfectant spray, knowing I would use it on almost anything I would touch that day, especially on my luggage. I’ve never sanitized my luggage before but I’m not taking any chances these days. I have also never had to pack or wear a mask before for a travel experience. We were lucky enough to be gifted N-95 masks, which we wore under a fabric mask. I’ll be honest, it was difficult to breathe, but it made me feel safer. My advice to you is – Try out different masks at home before your flight—there are so many, you just have to find which one is right for you. I firmly believe wearing a mask (of any kind) was the main reason we tested negative for COVID-19 when we returned from our trip. Before traveling, I researched how to properly take off and store your mask if you need to eat or drink, which is allowed. Don’t forget to turn on your air vent for your own personal air bubble!
Although unnecessary, we disinfected our bag(s) at our final destination, took showers, and washed the clothes we wore while traveling plus shoes before we unpacked. You got to do what you got to do to feel more confident about traveling.
Also, don’t forget to download AarogyaSetu app before you go as it is mandatory by the government. Also, if possible download the airline’s app also as it is easy to use and makes your trip almost entirely touch-free with the help of the app. With the app, you’re able to get your boarding pass right on your device, change seats, and prepay for your bags. The app also keeps you up to date on your flight status, gate changes, and boarding notifications. Soon, the app will also allow you to print your bag tags without needing to touch the kiosk.
It’s also important to note some states have strict quarantine rules and travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, so check out travel advisories before you go!
All in all, I felt safe and at ease. Travel is different but better.
You too have a great flight!