Updated: Oct 18, 2020
The sounds of the waves from the ocean, feet buried in the sand, climbing a mountain, eating the best cuisine in Santorini, Greece whatever is your favorite getaway... I know it was time to take mine. I was so ready to pack my bags months ago and travel! I can speak for many of us when I say, being housebound for countless weeks calls for a much-needed getaway!
Well after many months of doing my part wearing my mask, sanitizing like crazy and social distancing. I decided I was ready to get away responsibly. I was ready to put my fear behind me do some research to ensure the safety of myself and my family and travel.
I must admit to being a frequent traveler for work before COVID and traveling from a city of one of the busiest airports in the US - Hartsfield Jackson. I wasn't sure what to expect. Here are some best practices I used as I traveled to ensure my safety as well as others.
Always wear your mask at all times. It sounds like a no-brainer, however, I discovered that there were people that didn't have it on walking through the airport. The good news is it was only a few as the airport has strict policies that require you to wear a mask.
Have sanitizer, Lysol wipes in your purse or bag to wipe down the areas that you have to physically touch.
Choose an airline that has a strict seating policy. The middle seat had no passenger.
I also found out which airlines were enforcing strict policies for wearing a mask. I choose to fly Delta Airlines.
Eat before traveling. Although the plane offered a prepacked snack bag inflight service. I didn't want to take my mask off. I also discovered, sadly, a lot of my favorite restaurants in the airports are closed.
Download an app that accepts digital payments such as apple pay which I appreciated for minimum contact if I needed to purchase something at the airport.
When choosing an airline the boarding process was important. Delta boarded passengers that had seats in the back of the plane first to keep the flow moving in the plane.
Last but not least if you have symptoms stay home. Before booking, ask if your airline offers a no penalty if you have to cancel at the last minute.
As we all know the pandemic is still here and we don't know the expiration date. So until then stay safe, use precautions by wearing your mask and social distance. I hope these tips can help you find the right airline to travel during the pandemic and keep you safe as well as others.