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Flying During COVID-19: What's Changed? (And What Hasn't?)


Flying During COVID-19: What's Changed? (And What Hasn't?)

COVID-19 has changed travel. And that means your next flight may look and feel much different than just a few years ago. That's why we captured the entire experience of flying during COVID-19, from checking in all the way to grabbing your bag after landing.

And there are far more changes in store than simply wearing a mask...

0:00 - Intro
0:24 - Navigating travel restrictions
0:51 - How busy are airports?
1:25 - Checking a bag
1:59 - Getting through security
2:36 - What's open in the airport?
3:00 - Airport lounges are open, but...
3:45 - Heading to your flight
4:00 - Airline comparison: United vs. Delta
4:28 - Boarding has changed
4:53 - Your flight will be full
5:25 - Masks?
6:07 - In-flight service
6:49 - Deplaning
7:06 - Grab your bag & go
7:18 - Conclusion

The pandemic has reshaped the flying experience, with changes to how airlines board planes, scaled-back in-flight service, and even when you go through airport security. Some airlines blocked middle seats to give travelers more space onboard.

But after more than a year, millions of Americans are flying every week as travel rebounds. Now, many aspects of flying have returned to normal - or something close to it.

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What to Expect When Traveling During COVID-19 | Safety Tips for Coronavirus Travel

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Not everyone is ready to travel again, and not every country is welcoming travelers. But some destinations like Saint Lucia are open and are ready to welcome visitors. It is possible to travel safely if you take a few precautions at home before you fly, while on the plane and at the resort.
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We took a COVID Test before flying and continued to social distance before our flight.
On the plane, we did not sit beside anyone, we wiped down our seats and sanitized our hands.
We never took our masks off except to eat and we social distanced.
Saint Lucia has very strict rules for travel, and we followed all protocols while on the island.

We also made sure to purchase COVID 19 Insurance before flying with Medipac travel insurance.

While we don’t recommend jumping on a plane and traveling the globe we do feel that if you are committed to traveling responsibly and are willing to take all the precautions to keep yourself and others safe, there is no reason you can’t get on a plane and have a vacation.

What it is like on the flight and at the Airport during COVID19.

Flying is a completely different experience right now. Only passengers with boarding passes are allowed in the terminal.

Temperatures are taken before boarding and since we were flying to Saint Lucia and a negative test is a requirement, we had to show our paperwork before check-in.

One the island we wore masks, had private tours, could only stay at government approved hotels, and could only take government approved transportation and tours. Everyone had training and safety protocols for Coronavirus.

When we returned home we had a mandatory 14 day quarantine and could not step foot off our property.
We checked in daily with the government and had food delivered.

Travel is possible during COVID 19 if you take all the necessary safety steps.

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What It's REALLY Like Flying During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed everything, and that includes how we fly. Let us show you exactly what it's like flying during the pandemic.

From buying a ticket to boarding the plane to the drink-and-snack service onboard and even who's sitting next to you, airlines have made drastic changes - and just what you'll find onboard will depend on which airline you fly. Airports are different, too, as shops and restaurants (and even airport lounges) have limited hours or closed down altogether. It all adds up to an almost unrecognizable travel experience.

We recently took a trip from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Washington, D.C. (DCA) and back to document the flying experience today. And we flew two different airlines, American and Delta, to show just how much it differs based on which airline you choose.

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Comparing Airlines During COVID-19: American, Delta, Southwest & United

What's it like to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, it depends largely on what airline you fly.

From blocking middle seats to changing up the boarding process to limiting in-flight snack and drink service, every airline has responded to the pandemic differently. So we put the four largest U.S. airlines to the test: American, Delta, Southwest and United.

00:00 - Intro
00:48 - Southwest Airlines
02:06 - American Airlines
03:06 - United Airlines
04:20 - Delta Airlines
05:18 - The Final Scores...

Follow along the journey see for yourself just what it's like to fly each of these airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Which airlines are keeping middle seats empty, and which aren't? Which airlines are doing the best cleaning their aircraft? How has in-flight service changed on each airline?

See our final rankings of these big 4 U.S. airlines at 5:18

It's plain to see that while travel has changed enormously during the pandemic. But it's even more obvious that some airlines have gone farther than others to make flying safer - and make travelers feel safer.

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Traveling during COVID-19: What it's like to fly during a pandemic

DISCLAIMER: Max and I are not medical professionals and cannot provide any medical advice of any kind. This video showcases our own personal experience flying during the pandemic and it is important to remember to follow all CDC guidelines and guidelines of the destination you are traveling to.

Max and I took our first trip during COVID-19 in July 2020. We had booked a two week trip before COVID started to the Dominican Republic. About a month before our trip we realized the smartest decision would be to extend an additional two weeks to allow time for self-isolation. The Dominican government hadn't yet put out any advisories for quarantine and was set to open on July 2nd, 2 days before our scheduled arrival. Up until the night of our flight, we honestly didn't think it was going to happen!

We were anxious, nervous, scared, excited and curious to see what traveling during this time would be like. Our Delta Airlines flights had been changed so many times due to airplane and time changes and somehow we ended up getting upgraded to first class on the overnight leg of our flight, so we had no idea what to expect.

SFO International airport was completely deserted! We flew through ATL international airport so we departed from terminal 2 of SFO. The agents weren't the friendliest or most helpful, but we did get checked in efficiently and were pleasantly surprised with the precautions the agents took.

The boarding process is where everything fell apart - gate lice flocked to be the first on board, despite the new back-to-front boarding procedures. Folks, always remember, the plane is going to your final destination regardless whether you board first...or last!

The overnight flight was smooth, but cold, and 99% of people followed the mask rule through the duration of the flight. Atlanta was a bit more lax and we were super disappointed by the flight attendants on the flight from Atlanta to Punta Cana who told us the girls with their mask under their chin were fine.

Once we got to Punta Cana, we were free! Everyone was masked up, from small children to elderly. On our 5 1/2 hour car ride (we rented a car for the month to minimize contact with others), we saw that 90% of people were following the law and wearing masks, even in the rural little towns along the way. It really was incredible to see after coming from the states where masks are apparently a political statement these days.

Overall, the journey was smooth and we felt the airline did a pretty good job of following the guidelines set out for them.

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How Different Flights Around the World Look During a Pandemic | WSJ

As airports and airlines around the world continue to operate in the midst of a global pandemic, not every flight and region has the same Covid-19 protocols. Three WSJ reporters flew to different regions around the world to look at how air travel has changed.

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Flying During Covid 19 American Airlines

Like most people right now, we have been staying away from air travel since the beginning of the pandemic. A lot of people are wondering, Is it safe to fly now with Covid?

We have been postponing a trip to visit family on the east coast for a long time, but decided that it was time to get back on airplane. Flying during the pandemic has changed a lot of things, stayed tuned to see our experience flying with Covid 19.

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Flying with Air Canada during COVID - NEW meal service and CleanCare+

Air Canada has made many changes to the entire travel experience as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They invited me out on a day trip from Vancouver to Edmonton, flying onboard their new Airbus A220, so I could experience those changes first-hand.*

I also got to check out what the new meal service looks like in both economy and business class, and I have to say that I'm impressed!

Overall, I felt optimistic about the new measures that Air Canada has put in place to keep passengers safe while going on a flight. It certainly instills confidence as the airline focuses on restarting flights safely and responsibly.

00:00 - Intro
01:48 - Check-In
03:11 - Maple Leaf Lounge
06:05 - Boarding
06:57 - Brief Seat Tour
08:04 - CleanCare+ Kit
08:40 - Departure from YVR
11:02 - New Business Class Meal Service
11:59 - Arrival into YEG
13:11 - Renaissance Hotel Event
15:21 - Boarding
16:13 - Our plane broke!
17:10 - Departure attempt #2
19:22 - New International Economy Class Meal Service
19:55 - Scenic views
20:51 - Arrival into YVR
22:49 - Final thoughts

Airline: Air Canada
Aircraft: Airbus A220 (C-GJXN)
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Route: Vancouver (YVR) to Edmonton (YEG) to Vancouver (YVR)
Seat: 15A / 14A
Date: July 16, 2020

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How Will COVID-19 Change The Way We Travel?

How has Air Travel changed post COVID-19? This video examines every single air travel element from airfares, at airports to cabin layouts and in-flight service, things may look very different once we start traveling again.

Shall we expect higher or lower airfare? Shall we expect longer than normal process at the airport? What will happen with social distancing onboard an airplane? Will there be the same in-flight food and beverage offerings like before? What will the arrival formalities be like after landing?

This video shares the latest aviation industry developments, such as new seating innovations and contactless travel with minimum touch points as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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I recently took my first flights during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. I flew from Los Angeles to New Jersey and back to visit family. I was a little nervous about flying, especially with coronavirus cases rising in the U.S., but as you will see, I took certain precautions and I give you a few tips so if you do fly, you can do it as safely as possible. I think the airports and the airlines did several things right but there were some areas that need improvement. I hope this video is helpful to you!

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Flying During Covid 19 Is It Safe? | What is it Really Like?

We have taken probably 10 flights so far during the pandemic and wanted to share our experience with you guys and let you know some things to expect as vaccines become more available and things start to open up more. I wanted to be able to give you our experience of flying and what it is like and maybe answer some questions or concerns people have about flying during Covid 19. A lot of people want to know if it is safe to fly. People have asked us what it is really like to fly during covid 19 so we wanted to make this video to help you decide if you want to fly or not! Feel free to ask us anything in the comments below and we will be happy to answer! Make sure to give us a big like on the video and don't forget to subscribe!

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How to prepare for your Virgin Australia flight during COVID-19

At Virgin Australia, the safety and wellbeing of our guests has never been more important to us. That’s why we’re introducing changes to our customer journey to minimise risks associated with COVID-19, and to help you feel more comfortable and confident when flying with us. To help you prepare for your next flight with us, here’s a few of the things you need to know about flying during this time.

Flying Spirit Airlines During COVID-19: What Pandemic?

In-flight yoga during a global pandemic? Yes, really.

If you've flown Spirit Airlines before, you know what to expect from this budget carrier: less legroom, small armrests, no free food or water. But that was before everything changed.

And while some of the changes Spirit has made in the name of safety were obvious – requiring masks, deep cleaning – I was shocked at just how little some other things had changed flying Spirit during COVID-19.

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Watch in-flight yoga (yes, seriously...) at 2:11
See the deplaning experience at 2:22

See for yourself what it's like to fly with budget carrier Spirit Airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Has the boarding and deplaning process changed? Can you purchase food and drink onboard? How seriously are flight attendants taking safety precautions? yoga?

See my key takeaways from flying Spirit during COVID-19 at 2:43

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What Is Flying Like During COVID-19?

Air travel is looking a little different these days, and it's probably been a while since you were last on a flight. So what is flying like during COVID in 2021? And what do you need to bring to the airport? Let's go behind the scenes with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as I take you from airport to airplane on a business class flight.

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0:00 - Welcome to Toronto Pearson International Airport
0:44 - Check-in
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4:24 - KLM Crown Lounge
6:30 - Safety inspection
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FLYING TO MEXICO DURING COVID | New Airline & Airport Guidelines | Pandemic Travel Internationally

Flying during a pandemic . . . Covid-19 has changed the way we travel and new travel guidelines are in full effect for airlines and airports. Follow along as we fly internationally from the USA to Mexico on Delta Airlines during a pandemic. I will be showing you what it’s really like to travel by airplane and update you on all the new policies, procedures, and guidelines that are taking place all the way from the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport, to the Cancun Airport, to our resort in Cancun during coronavirus.

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