The Coronavirus pandemic may have certainly put a damper on many flying plans. Still, with the decrease of the spread and necessity to get back home, many countries are now opening up their airways just as many airlines are now operating their normal flights. Here are some of our thoughts on how air travel will change as the lockdown eases up and flying resumes in full force.
Airfare prices may soar.
Predictions are made that air travel will be getting even more expensive, at least for a certain period. Passengers may have to pay for an extra seat to maintain distance. Airlines may hike up the prices because they will be flying at 50% capacity because of safety guidelines.
Immigration Queues will be longer.
Travelling, especially from cities or countries where the sickness has spread the most, will mean extra checks for boarding and after landing for immigration. People may have to stand even longer in the immigration queues as they take tests and have heat signature cameras capture their body temperature.
Strict prohibitions for sickness
Flying sick was frowned upon, but since opening up, airlines may enforce strict guidelines on passengers’ health getting on board to travel. This might mean deboarding passengers who show signs of sickness as well.
An immunity certificate may become mandatory.
Travelling from ground-zero places may become tricky, and authorities and even immigration officials might make medical certificates mandatory. You might even have to carry them on-board to show before you board the aircraft.
Carry on restrictions may differ.
Domestic flights and long haul International flights may increase their normal carry-on restrictions for liquid essentials as sanitisers become the norm. Unless flights offer complimentary clean kits, passengers may have to pack extra essentials for each family member flying, and airlines may have to accommodate.