Travel is finally resuming in several states of the United States of America. As the travel ban has been lifted, people have hit the road to travel to nearby states, but the question of the hour is what does air travel look like post the coronavirus resultant lockdown?
Even if you aren’t traveling, chances are you’ve been planning to or have already booked your future trips for countries that have reopened. But with the uncertainty of another wave hitting the world, we wouldn’t bet our money on plans for the near future any time soon.
The Condition in the United States
The United States of America had emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with the most number of reported cases between late 2020 and early 2021; fortunately, the invention of the vaccine has caused a decline in the number of cases reported per day.
Rules for Traveling
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared it compulsory for all passengers over the age of 2 years to take the COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure — an antigen test or negative PCR is compulsory to be provided at all US airports to be able to board the flight. Alternatively, a document stating recovery from the virus within the last 90 days is also accepted. An executive order has also been passed saying that masks are compulsory in federal property and domestic public transportation.
What You Need To Know About Traveling
Travelers are sure to be rusty about traveling. Although the number has decreased from the regular 2.6 million passengers per day in the pre-pandemic world to 2 million, you should still expect the airports to be crowded. The TSA has also increased its hiring spree for the summer travel rebound. The middle seats of the airplanes are no longer expected to be empty, especially in the economy class, so you want to keep your masks on at all times. Food and drinks are also being added back as passengers return for travel.
You want to arrive at the airports super early to make it through the line in time and an empty water bottle that you can fill past the security checks.
Reid Champagne is one of America’s best-selling humorists, funny columnists, and romantic authors — he’s emerged as a one-man army post publishing his book An American Walkabouts. He now runs a blog where he writes the funniest travel tales that he shares with his wife Carol Madigan. He’s currently documenting how he and Carol managed to receive the vaccine and escaped to his dream location, Iceland, post the reopening of the flights for their very first summer vacation after marriage. His lifestyle after 70 is his version of the days of his life.