Are you considering rescheduling travel that you put off because of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Maybe you have work or family obligations that require you to travel. Yet worries about safe travel and lodging are holding you back.
Get the facts about your travel options and learn how to protect yourself if you must travel by air.
Stay safe when you travel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends following these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:
• Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
• Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
• Wear a cloth face mask.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover coughs and sneezes.
• Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry
The precautions you have to take when traveling through Airways –
- Before you reach the airport
• Your journey starts the minute u come out of the house. Ensure you have mask fitting and have your gloves on. If you carry luggage, bring multiple pairs of gloves and masks as you might be asked to change then before you board or deplane. Your carry on luggage should also have a bottle of sanitizer, sanitizing wipes or soaps so you can wipe your hands whenever u need it to.
• When it comes to traveling to the airport, it is advisable to use your personal vehicle or ask a friend you to drop than a cab. You might not be sure that the person in the cab before you was sick or not. If you have to really take a cab, make sure you wipe off the handles and seat properly before you get inside the cab
• You may have to cover your luggage into plastic packaging. So that it remains untouched until the plastic casing has been removed by you.
- At the airport
• Once you have checked in and gone through security, find yourself a bathroom and wash your hands clean and sanitize them
• It’s advisable to minimize the consumption of food and drinks while you wait to board the flight.
• Use a cashless method to pay, like no touch card or pay online or contact less payments through your phone.
- In flight
• Even most airlines have updated their cleaning game, one must always take caution. Proper sanitization should be maintained at every level.
• Your masks and gloves should be on during the entire duration of the flight. Some flights are also providing face shields.
• If snacks and meals are served, skip those unless it is very important. Stick to own water bottles and do not rely on flight facilities.
• Keep those masks and gloves on after Deplaning. As soon as you are off the plane rush towards washroom to sanitize yourself.
• Sanitize the luggage as soon as you get the chance. Do not forget to disinfect your hands afterwards.
- Arriving at the destination
• Do not remove the mask until you reach the destination.
• Again, disinfect all the luggage
• Sanitize yourself completely, take a bath, cleanse yourself throughout.