Don’t get on an airplane right now unless you absolutely have to.
Don’t leave your house unless you have to, frankly. The coronavirus pandemic: still a thing. Hospitalizations and deaths have been declining, but transmission rates have recently crept higher in L.A. County, and public health officials have not declared it jet-setting season yet.
There are reasons some people might still need to get on a plane, like caring for a family member in a medical emergency, or relocating for a new job. A recent study showed how the novel coronavirus had spread on two international flights earlier this year. But both incidents took place before airlines implemented mandatory mask-wearing. Traveling by plane is likely safer now — but not without risks. If you absolutely have to fly, here are tips from experts on how to do it as safely as possible.
Before your flight
First and foremost: Do not travel if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Do not travel if you recently had symptoms of COVID-19 and got tested but haven’t gotten the results, even if you’re feeling better. Most airlines have broadly expanded your ability to change your flight without paying a penalty. Take advantage of that flexibility. No trip is worth potentially endangering other people at the airport, on your plane and at your destination.
When you’re choosing a flight, look at the carrier’s