March 23, 2022

5 Tips to Remember Before Returning to Fly

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More and more people are planning to resume their normal routines, as the hope is that the COVID-19 pandemic will finally start to become less of a danger in our daily lives.

One place sure to pick up in business is at the airport. People have hesitated to fly and take trips during the pandemic, and now, people are looking to make up for lost time. Airports and airplanes are a bit different than they used to be, however.

Centers Health Care has a look at five tips to understand before returning to the (sometimes) friendly skies.

  1. Prepare for Security

If it’s been a while since you’ve flown, you may have forgotten that you have to take off your shoes, your belt, and to place any electronics larger than your cell phone on the conveyor belt. Be prepared before you get to the front of the security line so you keep things moving.

  1. Overhead Baggage Etiquette

Some airlines are now requiring a certain tier of ticket to be able to bring a bag to place in the overhead compartment because things have gotten so tight. If you’re planning to store a bag up there, don’t take the first spot you see. Wait until you get to your seat and then place the bag as close as possible above your seat.

  1. Be Mindful of Your Seatmates

Remember that masks are still currently mandated on flights unless you’re actively eating or drinking. Even if you don’t like wearing a mask, be sure to do so in accordance to the law so you don’t make the passengers sharing your space feel uncomfortable.

  1. Be Courteous to the Middle-Seat Passenger

There’s an unwritten rule to give the armrests to the person in the middle seat. There’s not much else going for the middle seat, so offer a little courtesy to that person.

  1. Avoid Reclining if You Can

Space has gotten a bit tighter on airplanes in recent years, so reclining your seatback can really leave the person behind you with very little room to maneuver, especially if they are trying to do work on a laptop on the tray table. If you do recline and someone asks you nicely to put the seat back, it’s best to just comply.

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