How to Stay Safe When Travelling on a Plane

Quarantine rules are constantly being updated, so please do your research before you go. The Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are now being gradually lifted all over the UK, and people are now able to fly to certain countries which have opened their borders. However, when they fly out to these places, they may find that they have to be quarantined for 14 days by self-isolating at home, when they arrive back in the UK, and they need to find out from the airline whether this information applies to their journey before they book it. Accordingly, many travellers and tourists including the frequent flyers among them, have now been left anxiously wondering if and when they will ever be able to fly safely again.

From the 24th July this year, it is now a legal mandatory government regulation to wear some kind of a facemask or a face cloth covering. Therefore, if you wish to make either a short haul or a long haul flight whether for work or for pleasure, you will be required to wear one. You will need to wear it the whole time you are at the airport, and for the entire length of the plane journey. Wearing some kind of face covering is the most important thing you can do when you are flying. This is because a facemask will help to slow the spread of the virus. It will prevent you from spreading droplets into the air when you breathe out, talk, sneeze, or cough, and if other people near you are wearing a facemask when they breathe out, talk sneeze, or cough, it will protect you from getting the virus if these people have got it.

Many airlines are insisting on checking passengers’ temperatures even before they get on board the plane. Therefore it is a very good idea, and a very important thing to do, that you check your own temperature before you even leave the house to go to the airport. You should do this, in order to check yourself over to see if you have a high temperature and a fever, because this is one of the major symptoms of Covid-19. If it turns out that you do actually have a high temperature and a fever, you must not travel to the airport, because passengers above a certain temperature will not be allowed to board the plane.

And, of course, you will also not be allowed to get on the plane if you are showing obvious symptoms of Covid-19. Also, airlines are testing people to see if they have Covid-19 before they board the plane and also when they have got off it at the other end, so you must be aware of that before you travel.

Airlines have been busy changing the rules about the amount of liquid hand sanitizer that passengers can take on board the plane. Contact your airline and ask them to tell you how much hand sanitizer you can bring with you onto the plane, and what types they will allow you to have. You can use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol as an alternative to handwashing. However, because handwashing with soap and water is far more effective and removes all germs and viruses from your hands, you are advised to take the opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly just before you board, the plane, and again just after you disembark from it when the plane lands.

While you are on the plane, have a packet of disinfectant wipes with you, so that you can wipe down things that you will touch a lot, such as tray tables, seat handles and screens on the back of seats. Doing this wiping down often will help to protect you from Covid-19 during your journey.

Finally, maintain a distance of 2 metres or 6 feet between yourself and the other passengers if this is at all possible. If you can sit a good distance from other passengers, then do so, because you cannot always easily tell by just looking at someone whether they actually have Covid-19, or not. If your allocated plane seat is right next to someone who is very red in the face, and is coughing a lot, ask cabin staff if you can change seats with someone else in a different part of the plane.