I am probably somewhat of a unicorn these days because I have flown every month of 2020. I will finish up the year with 40 flights or so.
When I first flew after things were locked down I was pretty nervous – in addition to the mask, I was wearing a face shield and gloves with long sleeves and long pants. I wiped down every surface anywhere close to me with Clorox wipes.
The airports were ghost towns with virtually nothing open, sections of terminals closed off, and few flights. It was tough getting an Uber, too, since so few people were requesting them that many stopped working airports.
After landing, I washed the clothes I flew in right away and showered.
Things have gotten more back to normal over time, but we’re still a long way to go.
One nice thing about the lesser crowds on the flights is that I get free upgrades to first more often, and many airlines are carrying over status through 2021.
A couple of times I’ve gotten the fancy pod seats on United that lay flat. I am in no rush for the flights to end with those seats.
I primarily fly United and most of their lounges aren’t open still, including Austin (grrrrr!).
There is a big one in Newark that is open, but the food selection has changed a lot – now it’s all packaged and pretty uninspired, unless you like Uncrustables.
The lounge bars are cleared of the tables and chairs and there are plastic guards between the travelers and bartenders.
The planes board rear to front, rather than by groups, and that’s probably a more logical method anyway. As each person boards, they receive a sanitized wipe to clean their area and people have been compliant on my flights with keeping their masks on.
I feel safe flying with all of the precautions and it makes it that much easier to avoid crowds having CLEAR and TSA Pre.