7 “Unmissable” COVID-19 Flight Tips
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Traveling in the COVID-19 times is not recommended however it just can’t be avoided in many circumstances.
And Air Travel may be the best and safest option you have.
I recently took a flight from Ahmedabad to Jammu with a halt in Delhi.
So here are my 7 unmissable Covid-19 flight tips to help you plan your next journey better and safer.
Web Check-In is Mandatory
Do web check-in well in time before you travel. Around 24 hrs before your journey the airlines will send you your boarding pass and baggage tags. Print the boarding pass and baggage tags. Paste the baggage tags on your luggage and secure them. If however, you are unable to take the printouts, there is nothing to worry about. You can show the E-copy of your boarding pass too which you have received in your email. For the baggage tags, you can write the details of the flight, departure and arrival destinations, your name and phone number on a paper ( preferably hard paper or cardboard) and paste it or secure it to your luggage yourself. That works as well. Even if you are not able to do that, you can print the baggage tags at various kiosks located at the airport.
Aarogya Setu App
You should have the App Aarogya Setu up and running with “Green” Status, as the authorities will ask for it before you enter the airport. You can download the app here.
Do check the status of your flight prior to leaving home. With State Laws changing every day it is always prudent to be updated with the latest guidelines. You can check the status of your respective flights here:
Reach the airport well in time as the sanitization procedure and social distancing norms may take more time. Ideally 2 hours before departure time is recommended. So plan your journey accordingly.
Try to take the Window Seat. According to studies, the window seat has a minimal amount of contact as compared to the aisle and middle seat. Additionally, before you board the plane you will be asked to wear PPE. The PPE will be provided by the airplane authorities. If you are sitting in the middle row, you will be asked to wear a gown, face shield, and mask. If you have the window or aisle seat you will have to wear the face shield and mask.
There will no food and beverages supplied during the flight. The Food Court’s however at airports are functional. So keep that in mind and plan accordingly. Preferably carry your own bottled water and refill it instead of depending on in-flight water.
After you land, depending on your state you will be quarantined. Either home or institutional. So keep that in mind. The States having Institutional quarantine right now are: Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Goa, Maharashtra ( Mumbai, Shirdi & Kohlapur), Andra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
You can check the detailed quarantine guidelines of all the states here.
Cancellation and Refund Guidelines
Even after planning extensively, you may need to change your plan last minute. Here are individual flight cancellation guidelines to help you:
I will try to keep this article updated to match the day to day changing scenario’s.