Hawaii Mom Blog: Traveling by Air During a Pandemic




August 10, 2020

Traveling by Air During a Pandemic

If we have to visit a neighbor island, we must fly there.  Since I have work on the Big Island, I found myself traveling there a few times once the interisland quarantine was lifted.

The first time I traveled, my anxiety was through the roof.  All I could envision was being in a crowded airport, waiting in long lines, and sitting on a plane full of strangers.

But my experiences have been the complete opposite.

Temp checks are made, traveler forms need to be completed, and hand sanitizing stations are EVERYWHERE.

No crowds, no lines, and although social distancing is nearly impossible when boarding and deplaning, masks are required at the airport and on the plane, unlike when you're at a friend's home, the beach, or at a restaurant, where you are most likely hanging out with other people without a mask.  

Even though I sat next to someone on almost all legs of my flights because standbys were cleared to sit next to me, those people were probably just as concerned about me as I was about them.

But they were all wearing masks and wiping things down, so I knew they were trying to be thoughtful and careful.

The process is not perfect, and I know there will be risks no matter what you do, but for the most part, I think most people are good and would not intentionally put others at risk.

Thank you again to the screeners, airport / airline employees, and all who do their best to make traveling as safe as possible.  

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