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


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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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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Catching COVID in an airplane is possible by inhaling the virus. And the regular face covering that you wear, such as a regular medical mask, won’t prevent you from inhaling the virus if it’s in the air close to you.

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Most airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks. Some airlines are also taking other measures to minimize person to person interaction, such as not serving alcoholic beverages or are skipping snacks altogether. Most commercial flights these days have very clean cabin air. Airplanes accomplish this by the way they have their air intake system setup. Essentially, they have compressed air passing through the jet engines, with its temperature being super hot. That hot air is then cooled, and put under pressure (450) PSI. So between the initial hot temperatures and the high pressure, that makes the air in the cabin very sterile, as bacteria and viruses become destroyed in that process.

And the cabin air is exchanged every 3-4 minutes, which is actually better than offices and homes, which is typically every 5-12 minutes. Also, with newer generations of airplanes, they have high-efficiency particulate air filters, meaning HEPA filters, that filter the recirculated air. They can fish out particles as small as 0.3 microns, which is what an N95 respirator mask can do, as well as an elastomeric mask. Now some might say, well the virus is only about 0.1 microns in diameter or 100 nm. And this is true. But most of the virus in the air is going to exist within respiratory droplets. So the bottom line is, if the virus is in the air, most of it, about 95% of it, will be filtered out with these HEPA filters on the plane, and the same goes for respirator masks.

When someone is expelling respiratory droplets, the ones that more than 5-10 microns in size, those are the ones that are going to act like ballistics, and fall within 6-12 feet of them, IF… they are NOT wearing a mask. The respiratory droplets that are expelled are less than 5 microns, these are the ones that will stay suspended in the air. If someone is wearing a mask, it will drastically reduce the distance the size of that moist cloud, and the distance that moist cloud can travel, but it won’t be totally prevented.

So if no one sitting close to you, or if someone is sitting close to you but does not have the virus, no worries. But, of course, people are going to be close to you, and it's impossible to know who has the virus. And if that virus is in the air close to you, you’re going to breathe it in, unless….you do tip #1, which is, you wear an N95 respirator mask, or an elastomeric respirator. Both of these filter out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. Right now the CDC recommends the public to not purchase and wear these N95 respirator masks, for one because they need to be reserved for health care workers. I don’t understand how they can be in limited supply this deep into a pandemic, but I digress. But what you can do is get yourself an elastomeric respirator. This is a reusable device with exchangeable cartridge filters. Like an N95 respirator, it also filters out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. It fits tight against the user's face but is more comfortable than an N95.

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What it’s like to FLY During the Pandemic: COVID-19 at the Airports

This is my experience flying during the pandemic. I was at the airport flying from Phoenix to LA the day before the airline I flew on required masks. I have the footage from that day and I compared it to my flight a week later so it's kind of a two-part video in one lol.

Things were all over the place and I tried to give you guys a peek at how empty things were in some places, especially at the Burbank airport.

I took a lot of precautions such as wearing an outfit that would cover most of my body so I could take it off and shower as soon as I got home. I also wiped down everything and wore gloves whenever I had to touch things (which I didn't show much of in the video because I was condensing footage). I also wore two masks and people may say I defeated the purpose by pulling it down so much but my hands were extremely clean and I tried to do it when people weren't close to me.

Overall the first flight a lot of people weren't wearing masks, gloves, or wiping down their seats. I was really shocked by this considering we are at the airport... flying all over. It wasn't until after the regulation that things really changed.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this video and it gives you some insight on what's happening during this COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine, lock-down, whatever you want to call it.


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Flying Sun Country During COVID-19: What It's REALLY Like

Almost every aspect of the flying experience has changed during the pandemic. And that includes low-cost carriers like Sun Country, the small Minnesota-based budget airline.

Sun Country has made some noticeable changes to improve safety while flying. Yet some things remain largely unchanged from those blissful pre-pandemic travel days: no social distancing, no blocked middle seats, and when it comes to inflight service, Sun Country has taken a bare-bones approach.

See for yourself what it's like to fly with Sun Country Airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Has the boarding and deplaning process changed? Can you purchase food and drink onboard?

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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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