Flying is one of the safest methods of transport
This is because cabin air is completely changed every three minutes, on average, while the aircraft is cruising. Here we tell you about all the ways that both airports and airlines have adapted their services in order to minimise the risk of contagion, and to give you some tips for your trip.
1. What do I need to take into account before flying?
First of all, you should make sure that you comply with health control requirements, and that you have the necessary documentation for entry into the country you’re travelling to. Many airlines have placed restrictions on hand luggage in the cabin, so do check in advance with the company you’re flying with.
Check in online, carry your boarding pass on your mobile phone to avoid unnecessary physical contact, and arrive at the airport in good time for your flight as there may be social distancing rules in force that lengthen waiting times. Bear in mind that except in cases where the passenger is an unaccompanied minor, or suffers from reduced mobility, those accompanying them who are not travelling themselves might not be allowed inside the airport building. Do not go to the airport if you have a cough, a high temperature or breathing difficulties.
2. Has anything changed at airports?
Yes. Once inside, follow any instructions on screens, announced over the PA system, or given by airport staff. The trays used for personal belongings are disinfected regularly, but try to touch surfaces and objects as little as possible, and remember to maintain the safety distance when queuing at check in, at security, in restaurants, or at ATMs.
3. During boarding and disembarkation
Passenger queues during boarding have also been reorganised to ensure social distancing, and you will find more signage, so you won’t be in any doubt about where you need to go. When getting on and off the plane, you’ll no doubt find that walkways are more commonly used than buses.
4. Hygiene and safety on board.
Aircraft are disinfected after each flight, and wearing a face mask and changing it every few hours is mandatory for both passengers and crew. When you get on the plane, you’ll be given a disinfectant wipe and a small bag for personal waste.
Before take-off, pay careful attention to the security demonstration given by the cabin crew to find out what specific instructions apply to your flight under current circumstances. It’s more than likely that menus for the catering service will be presented in an online format via a QR code, or will be for single use only. And do bear in mind that if you shop on board, you won’t be able to pay for your purchases in cash.
Furthermore, remember to wear a face mask all the time both in the airport and during your flight, and to make frequent use of hand sanitiser.