Air Travel In The COVID-19 Era
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Air Travel In The COVID-19 Era
Numbers: As of May 4, the number of U.S. passengers dropped 93% vs. last year.
Perspective: Last April, on average, 2M+ traveled by plane every day in America. This April: just under 110,000 per day.
Developments: At least 5 major U.S. airlines require passengers to wear face masks.
Sustained economic loss due to a drop in travel. It’s not just about the airlines, but everything related: hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, shopping, and beyond.
One industry group says the economic impact of COVID-19 (in dollars) on the travel industry overall will be 9 times worse than the aftermath of September 11th.
Avoid all non-essential travel.
CDC: “Because of how air circulates & is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights.”
However, the CDC emphasizes crowded flights with infected travelers may heighten your risk of contracting and spreading the new coronavirus.
“There’s no magic formula.”
“Too hard to tell at this point… I hope down the road it is, but our priority is opening up the domestic economy. Obviously, for business people that do need to travel, there will be travel on a limited basis. But this is a great time for people to explore America.”
The Dreaded Middle Seat: Squeezing in like sardines might be a thing of the past *for now* as airlines look to create more space between passengers.
More Screening: A Seattle airport is utilizing thermal imaging cameras to detect fevers among potential passengers. There’s some discussion about health screening at security checkpoints, but the TSA says it’s TBD.
The U.S. has issued a level 3 travel notice, warning of widespread ongoing COVID-19 transmission, and potential refusal of entry or quarantine upon return to the United States for EVERY country on the planet. See the map for yourself on our source page.
NASA has you covered…
…space is open for business!
While NASA says it doesn't foresee this limited space travel (2 trips a year of a handful of people) making a profit for the agency, but the money could help it invest in other projects. And, if you want to wait, NASA says moon trips will come by 2024.
“You don’t need to be Irish, & it doesn’t matter your college team allegiances.A Heck, maybe you’re just a fan of the movieA Rudy. A Notre Dame football weekend is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“Buy game tickets, hotel rooms & flights as soon as possible. The closer to football season the harder to find & more expensive things get.”
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“A tradition since 1931, every Notre Dame football team has marched down the same tunnel and on to the same field for every home football game. On football weekend Fridays, you can too!”
It’s worth heading to the bookstore for any last minute Irish gear because there’s no doubtA you’ll run into a former coach or player or famous fan and get an autograph.
“The world’s largest predatory fish doesn’t show up on cue. If I have one piece of advice? Pack some patience and TAKE MOTION SICKNESS MEDICATION.”
“Experience and passion over the fancy boats makes all the difference.”
“I still don’t love swimming in open water (and I am not sure I ever will), but this adventure instilled in me a truly unique respect for the beauty, grace and power of Great Whites. And if nothing else, it made me realize how little they are interested in us!”
“I thought no exotic destination could ever match our Honeymoon in Bora Boraa |. until we arrived on the Amalfi Coast, and Positano literally took my breath away.”
“My husband can drive anywhere, on the wrong side of the road, in the middle of Paris – but he was very glad that we hired a driver from Naples.”
“After climbing up and down steps all day, there is no guilt in the evening as you enjoy the best homemade pasta and fresh fish you have ever eaten!”
“…hike up to Mount Tiberius, at the very top of the island – you are literally on top of the world! A This is where the Emperor Tiberius used to toss people he didna t like off the cliff into the sea, so ita s much more enjoyable to visit Capri today.”
We asked Kit how she looked so glamorous while traveling - Her response? "When in Italy all you need is to wear white and sunglasses and a man in a fedora doesn't hurt." Love it! Have a SmartHER Tip? Email us: Info@SmartHERNews.com
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie gives us her take on how to “survive” the happiest place on the planet.
“I am firmly convinced that Disney World pumps Oxytocin into the air. While youa re there, there are moments you swear ‘We ARE NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN!’ And then on your way home, you say ‘We should probably start planning our next trip…’a
“…we confuse thirst with hunger, which leads everyone to overeat (and whata s always in reach at Disney? CANDY and sugary drinks = meltdowns later).”
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“…sometimes getting in lines for a Disney ride will feel only marginally less pleasant than standing in line for TSA and probably closer to the DMV…That said, hearing your child squeal with laughter…makes it all worthwhile.”
“…the only people who say ‘My family is going to eat healthy at Disney’ have clearly never been to Disney.”
“Stop by Joffreya s for donuts some mornings. Just do it. You have to ask where the stand is in each different park, but after youa re handed a warm donut the size of your head, you will thank me.”
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“United had been reviewing its policy since late last yearA afterA a 75% increase in emotional-support animals on flightsA and a a significant increase in onboard incidents.a