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Post-Pandemic Travel: What will it be like?

Updated: Jun 16

As the coronavirus curve starts to flatten in many areas, people are starting to think more and more about making travel plans. If you are thinking about traveling by airplane after the coronavirus pandemic is over, you can expect things to be different. Airplane travel isn’t going to be back to normal for a long time. In fact, the changes that may be implemented could become your new normal when traveling.


Keeping Distance


Before the coronavirus pandemic, airplane travel was a bit hectic. Everyone was boarding the plane in tight lines and squeezing themselves through the aisle on the airplane. People were back to back putting their belongings in the overhead storage compartments. When the coronavirus pandemic is over, things will be different. When boarding the plane, the passengers will need to keep a distance from one another. The passengers who are seated in the back of the plane will need to board first.

Even at the airports, social distancing is expected to continue for quite some time. Airport staffs have already placed down markers on the floor so that people are reminded to stay 6-feet away from one another.


Limited Flight Capacity


In addition to making sure that everyone is keeping their distance on flights, some airlines are stating that they will only allow seat capacity to be 60%. This way the airplane seats are not full. People will be able to better keep their distance from one another when they aren’t on a packed plane.


Having a Health Certificate


Another thing that you can expect when traveling after the pandemic by plane is that you will need to have a health certificate. This is a digital certificate that states that you have been cleared by a doctor. They are stating that you are in good enough health to travel and be around other people. You may need to show the airport staff that you have a health certificate before you are allowed to board the plane.


Increased Boarding Pass Rates


Airlines have always made a lot of money on boarding passes. Many people think they already charge a lot for boarding passes. In fact, sometimes passengers are charged more when there are expected to be empty seats. Now that it is looking like airlines will only book flights to 60% capacity, the boarding pass rates can be expected to rise to compensate for the money the airlines will be losing due to the increased number of empty seats.


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