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Holiday traveling is tricky during a pandemic—especially air travel. It’s no doubt that many people are choosing not to fly during this cautious time, but some of us may still need to for work, to see family, etc. If that happens to be the case, it’s important to understand the safety policies and procedures that airlines have in place. Here are a few things that every traveler going on a plane should know:

Look Before You Book

Not all airlines are blocking off seating to promote social distancing, and some are ending the practice soon. Check with specific airline websites to see their policy is on this. Since things are often fluid, check out recent discussions on social media to see what passengers are saying about certain airlines. 

practice soon. Check with specific airline websites to see their policy is on this. Since things are often fluid, check out recent discussions on social media to see what passengers are saying about certain airlines. 

Wear a Mask At All Times 

This is important not just for your own safety, but for the safety of fellow passengers and flight crews too. Airlines will require you to wear one and if you refuse, you could be removed from the aircraft. Additionally, you could potentially be banned from future travel with that airline, so please just wear a mask properly, all the way. 

 What We Do Know

According to the New York Times, American Airlines has dropped its capacity restraints, which had been at 85% since April. United never implemented such restrictions to begin with, but has partnered with Clorox to raise their cleanliness standards. Last we checked, Alaska, Delta, and Southwest Airlines are all blocking off middle seats for a limited time. However, you should still do your research to find the most up-to-date policies for each airline. 

Across the board, airlines have prioritized the cleanliness and sanitation of their check-in counters, kiosks, gates, and planes. They also highlight their filtration systems of which most are high-grade HEPA filters that eliminate over 99% of airborne particles. They want to give their customers confidence in flying as safely as possible.  

Learn more about what airlines are doing to keep travelers safe in the original report from the New York Times, and happy travels!

Ricky Velez is a writer from Jersey City, New Jersey living out the pandemic in Charlotte, NC. He's tinkered in marketing for companies both gigantic and minuscule, but his passion lies in the fight for social justice.