6.9.20

AIRPORTS + FLYING DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Hello, hello! I hope you and the people you love are staying safe and healthy during these crazy times. I never imagined we would be living through experiences like this, but I have been focusing on putting my trust in God amidst the uncertainty. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been breaking my anxiety barriers and doing some traveling these past couple of weeks. I got the opportunity to spend some time with my boyfriend, Hayden, AND some bonus time with my best friend, Elizabeth. Time with both of them was such a blessing. Honestly, I could go on and on about all of the fun things I got to do over the past couple of weeks, but I think I will save all of that for another day. For now, I just want to focus on the most important information that you will benefit from reading. So, today I am going to answer the question I have been asked so many times these past few days… “What is it like to fly during a global pandemic?” I don’t think I could properly answer this question in one word, so I am going to share a little about my experiences and answer some specific questions. Okay, let’s hop in.

“What is it like to fly during a global pandemic?”Flying during a global pandemic feels exactly how I had envisioned it. Masks, hand sanitizer, six feet apart, the constant smell of bleach… ya know, the works.
“What are the airports like?”Obviously, I cannot speak for every airport, but over the past two weeks I have been to seven airports and they all felt very, very similar. Empty. At first, that made me feel very anxious, but as I got adjusted to traveling in a more “lonely” environment, I began to enjoy the shorter security lines and the empty planes. As I think back on the airports I traveled through, I want to give you a few pieces of advice.

  1. Do not depend on the airports for all of your snacks and food. Obviously, there will be a place to pick up a snack or a drink inside of the airport, but a very large majority of the restaurants and little shops inside of the airports are CLOSED. I learned a big lesson here. Pack your own snacks before you get to the airport.
  2. Security lines are short. Very short. If I were you, I would not go to the airport two hours before your flight. Check the security wait time online, to estimate how early you need to get to the airport. If you get there two hours early, you will for sure be sitting at your gate for about one hour and fifty-six minutes of that time, haha!
  3. It’s a little lonely. Not many people are hanging out, chatting. The people who are traveling right now are pretty much all traveling for a purpose, not leisure. If you are like me, and you plan on getting to your gate and making conversation with strangers to keep you entertained… bring a different form of entertainment. You will not be sitting right next to anyone at your gate, and you certainly won’t be face to face chatting with someone who you aren’t traveling with. Everyone is being cautious and keeping to themselves to help encourage social distancing.
  4. Do whatever you can to get an early boarding group. They are only boarding in groups of ten, and everyone has to be standing six feet apart. So, definitely set an alarm to remember to check in to your flight as early as possible, so you don’t have to deal with people slowly approaching the boarding line like they always do, LOL!

“What are the planes like?”I am happy to announce for the first time the planes are actually… CLEAN. I had a ton of flights and different planes these past couple of weeks and every single one of them were truly spotless. I was shocked, and so thankful that the airlines are really taking our health and safety seriously and giving us travelers an environment we can relax in. The planes smell clean, and you can tell they are taking so many precautions to make them feel germ-free. Another perk of flying right now is that the planes are not at full capacity. This means that no one is sitting in the middle seats, and you have so much extra space. I flew Southwest for all of my flights, and I had window seats for each of my them which helped my space on the plane feel even bigger. Although the planes are not full, face masks ARE required. Unless you are eating or drinking on the plane, they are mandatory. If you do not have a mask, they will provide one for you, but I would definitely recommend packing your own. TBH, I wouldn’t step foot into the airport without my mask on! Speaking of eating or drinking, airlines are NOT serving the usual food and drink options on the flights. They are only offering a package of pretzels, and a can of water. Yes, a can of water. I have no clue where you can even buy canned water, but that’s what they are giving out on the plane. Also, just a personal preference… a sista helping out another sista. Just use the bathroom before you get on the plane. Just trust me on that one, k?

“So what should I pack in my carry-on?”I have an entire post on what I normally pack in my carry-on, but obviously during times like this, there is extra things I think are important to pack, and other things I did not bother packing. Here is my list of must-haves for flying during a global pandemic…

  1. Gum: TBH wearing a mask and having gum in your mouth is just a good combo because it makes everything you smell, smell so minty and delightful. I love a good stick of spearmint gum.
  2. At least two masks: Pack a mask, and a spare mask. Ya never know when your first one could break or get yucky, and you need an instant replacement. Also, if you are like me, you wanna know your mask will match your outfit.
  3. Hand sanitizer: If you only take one piece of advice from this whole post, take this, k?
  4. AirPods or headphones: Having my AirPods in kept me entertained even though I could not spend much time socializing with the people surrounding me. It felt less scary or intense having something playing in my ears, and made me feel not so lonely.
  5. Wipes: I would recommend packing some wipes to wipe down anything you feel like could use an extra dose of Clorox. I used my wipes to wipe down my carry-on bags, and my suitcases when I picked them up from the baggage claim.
  6. Olly Stress Vitamins: These are just my holy grail. When I started feeling overwhelmed, I could just pop a couple of these guys in my mouth and within a few minutes I could feel myself getting much more relaxed.
  7. Hoodie sweatshirt: Apparently, the dirtiest part of a plane is the headrest. I had my hood up the entire flight because no Corona germs are going home in my hair, and that’s that. Elizabeth braided my hair before my flight and then I had my hood up, and I felt so much cleaner when I got back to Atlanta, knowing I could just take the hoodie off, and my hair was not covered in germies.

Well, I think that covers it. From getting to the airport, to boarding, to the plane ride… I hope I gotchu covered. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to reach out on Instagram and I will try to help out the best I can! Please stay safe, and healthy during this time! I love you guys!

XO,

Maz

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