You Are On The Plane, Now What?

Updated: May 27, 2020

I can't personally wait to travel again, but being on a plane for hours with strangers worries me right now. How safe is it? Are others going to follow the same precautions I am following? What if my row partner is coughing?

Just like everything else related to travel right now, information about flying safety can be confusing and is constantly changing. Fortunately, I recently found an article from NPR that nicely covered the main points I care about. I summarize next some of them hoping you find them beneficial as well.

- The first thing to have in mind is that regardless of what you do, flying might be very stressful these days. Be mentally prepared for that. You might get anxious every time someone coughs or sneezes, even if that someone is you.

- You may be around people from all over the world. There will always be some risk at this point. There is no way to eliminate the risk, but you can do certain things to reduce your level of exposure.

- If you are flying with someone else, make sure you and your travel companion agree the trip is necessary or important, that is worth the risk and hassle, and have a clear idea on how to reduce exposure to your comfort level.

  • Know your medical background, and your travel partner's.

  • Have numbers to call in case of emergency available.

  • Discuss levels of tolerance for risk and inconvenience.