We know it may be a worrying time for those flying now, even though many flights have been grounded because of the coronavirus, air travel hasn’t completely come to a standstill. Most of us are dreaming of the day we can step on a plane and travel again. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide on how you can take precautions and stay safe for when you next go on holiday…
Before you fly, do this at home
- If available, make sure you Check-In online and download your boarding pass where possible. Some airlines may offer priority access, which allows you to skip queues and keep your luggage with you.
- Remember to check if you are healthy enough to travel (e.g. check your temperature). It is likely that your temperature may now be checked at the airport.
- Always wear a facemask, both in the airport and on your flight. You can also wear disposable gloves and wash your hands frequently.
At the airport
- If you are checking in a bag, use the automated kiosks and deposit your bag at the bag drop desk where possible.
- If possible, use Fast Track to limit queuing at security.
- Make sure you are using hand sanitizer and hand wash frequently and remember to maintain some distance from other passengers.
When boarding the plane
- Priority passengers will be the first to board, so do not queue at gates. Remain seated until all passengers can board and proceed with caution when queuing to board.
- Have your passport open and your boarding pass ready to scan to limit your contact.
- Always ensure you’re wearing your face mask; the cabin crew will also be wearing facemasks.
- All airlines thoroughly clean their cabins and disinfect daily, many airlines have even added to their already extensive procedures in light of the coronavirus.
- Aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art air filtration systems which operate to hospital standards.
- Most aircraft will have limited inflight service onboard, consisting of wrapped snacks and drinks. You will not be able to queue for toilets.
When you land
- On arrival, keep your face mask on until you have left the airport and remain cautious. Try to keep a distance as you pass through the airport and when/if collecting your baggage.
So, there’s no need to worry when you can finally travel and have your holiday booked. Follow these simple steps for a safe journey.