Two weeks ago we featured a story, written by my friend Valerie, about what to wear on a plane to stay safe during COVID-19. It was based on Valerie’s own experience on a recent flight. Well, the subject of a recent CNBC article is a man (Mika Manninen) who’s flown 33 times and spent 160 nights away from home already in 2020. All of his trips have been for work as the CEO of a dairy-free yogurt company (and taken “so that other employees don’t have to” travel). After reading it, I have a handful of new travel safety tips for anyone wanting to fly as safely as possible.
For starters, Manninen says he worries less about being infected on airplanes: “When I enter the airport, I wear multiple layers of disposable gloves, and I peel them off as I go through it. Trams, escalators — peel a layer, check-in, use a kiosk with a touch screen — peel a layer, TSA security check — peel a layer. I did not realize how many surfaces I actually touch until I started paying attention to it.” He also advises that you:
- “Keep the distance. Sit in the corner alone. Do not buy anything: no food and no drinks. If you buy water, wipe the bottle with antiseptic wipes.”
- “Don’t use your phone app as a ticket; use a paper ticket instead. Hundreds of passengers scan their phones, and many lay them flat on the glass.”
- “Find a non-crowded bathroom in the airport (avoid the bathroom in the plane). I swap my mask every time I use a bathroom.”
His travel safety routine seems to be similar to mine, as he seems more worried about catching the virus from surfaces than in the air (he wears a mask and face shield). Mika also says to:
- “Wipe all surfaces at your seat, including the seat belt, belt buckle, headrest, window shades and the air and light adjusters above your head.”
- “Change your mask every four hours; it’s safer and oddly gives you a feeling of freshening up.”
- “Bring extra masks; last week I tried to drink water with my mask on. Needless to say, I had to change it.”
Manninen also has more tips for hotel rooms and car rentals that are very eye-opening. You can check them out in the full story here.
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