As a digital nomad or an avid traveler,you know that there are many flying habits that you might need to change as current confidence in flying after COVID-19 is low. As a student and entrepreneur who has been living abroad for the past 13-years, traveling back and forth to the home country and the other, I have found two articles highlighting the importance in understanding the potential changes we can expect when flying.
In a recent Forbes article, titled “Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes”, senior contributor Cecilia Rodriguez explained some useful points about changes we should expect to see at the aiport. She mentions: The entire process of checking in for flights could take up to four hours.
- We should also expect slower turnarounds between flights
- Biometric boarding will allow passengers to board with only their face
- You will see a lot of demarcation lines
- UV sanitation is likely to become commonplace
Also, in a recent BBC TravelYoutube video, titled “Coronavirus: Flying in the age of Covid-19?”, BBC broadcaster and journalist Rajan Datar interviewed some of professionals in the industry to see what flying after COVID-19 might look like. He has done some great interviews and it is definitely worthwhile watching this 20 minutes-long video if you want to grasp a better idea of what sort of future we are going to face. I personally found one thing quite worrying – there was a hint that airplane ticket price might go up!
Drawing on these sources and my 13-years long travel experience, I have listed three actions that I would recommend to all travelers and digital nomads who want to travel during COVID-19:
- Expect unconventionality
- Airports will be so different from what they used to be
- Patience, Patience, Patience
- Check-in process might take up to 4 hours
- Prepare money
- We can’t blame flight industry to increase ticket price if COVID-19 continues
Stay safe, travel wise