Canada Association of Tourism Employees

Ideas for lowering danger of an infection whereas flying

Air travel experts share their top tips on strategies to reduce the risk of infection when flying

  • Book to fly when it is the least crowded
  • Don’t fly when you might be sick
  • Remember to bring supplies

The latest figures from the TSA show that since March 9 of this year, more than 1 million passengers are counted per day. This is good news for the travel industry and the traveling audience. As consumers become increasingly willing to bring the excitement of travel back into their lives, increased awareness of hygienic safety protocols should be paramount.

Airlines and airports around the world have implemented protocols and requirements to ensure the safety of the flying public. To ensure safety and security, air travel experts share their top tips on strategies to reduce the risk of infection during the flight.

  • Tip # 1: Book to fly when it is the least crowded. Flights departing between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. often have fewer passengers. Earlier flights can be filled with deal seekers, and airports are traditionally the busiest between 10:00 and 11:00. Further reduce exposure to large crowds by flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, traditionally the slowest day of the week for air travel.
  • Tip # 2: Do not fly when you are sick. Your immune system is weaker when you are sick. So if you feel under the weather, postpone the trip to another day.
  • Tip # 3: Use contactless check-in at the airport and anywhere else. Check in for your flight before you arrive at the airport and hand in your luggage using the self-check method. Download your boarding pass to your phone and sign up for text notifications to notify you of any gate or schedule changes made by your travel provider.
  • Tip # 4: Maintain social distance at the airport and on the plane. If possible, you should keep a distance of at least two meters between you and other passengers. Always keep your mask on and wear face protection. If you have an extended stay, consider renting an airport pod if available to limit the number of people you encounter. Once you’ve got on the plane and cleaned up your space, sit down and don’t leave your seat during the flight.
  • Tip # 5: Don’t fly when you might be sick. Your immune system is weaker when you are sick. Even if you feel a little under the weather, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of developing other diseases. If tests are available for diseases that are making people sick in your area or the area you are going to, get tested before you travel. After all, ruining a journey through illness is no fun at all.
  • Tip # 6: Remember to bring supplies. Prepare to stay healthier by bringing some supplies with you in your carry-on bag. You can bring up to three ounces of hand sanitizer with you. Choose an option with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. You should also bring a mask to wear on the plane. Wearing gloves will help you avoid contact with contaminated surfaces. You should also bring a small container of disinfectant wipes with you to wipe your seat, video screen, buttons, seat belt, and other surfaces that you might touch during the flight.

With COVID-19 still prevalent, check your local travel regulations and notices for any restrictions, rules, and safety guidelines. Visit the CDC website for more information. There you will find current information on health and wellness.

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