Have a holiday booked for 2020? Or thinking of escaping lockdown for some last minute sun? There are still some cheap flights you can grab! If you’re wondering what flights during a pandemic will be like with the new Covid-19 restrictions, find out what I experienced when flying from Manchester to Dalaman Airport in Turkey in August 2020.
As you’d expect, these had to be worn at all times inside the airport and plane by everyone. Unless you were under the age of 6, except for those exempt. And, of course, if you’re eating and drinking, which many pretended to do throughout the flight! If you’ve pulled your mask down below your nose, the flight crew will mention it to you. And there may be a tannoy announcement!
Passenger Locator Forms
For all flights during a pandemic, you’ll have to fill out a version of a Passenger Locator Form. You may be given one of these forms on the plane, which will include your name and phone number, Passport number, seat number, contact number of who you’re flying with and a check box to see whether you have any symptoms or cared for someone recently with symptoms of Covid 19. There’ll be a box in Arrivals to deposit them. Usually, you’ll get given one to fill out from your hotel before you fly home to give in when you return.
Many places now will have you fill out a Passenger Locator Form online before you travel abroad and again when you travel home from your holiday. Make sure you have all of your information at hand and give yourself a good 15 minutes to fill it in – it’s long!
ONE Bar Service
Once in the air, we were advised there would be only ONE bar service for the entire flight! Be prepared to stock up on all your drinks and snacks for the entire plane journey in one go! There was also no hot food available, only a choice of 2 cold sandwiches and snacks in packets. Hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks were available with ice – including the option of purchasing a whole bottle of Prosecco, which of course I couldn’t resist! If you’re sitting in the middle of the plane, you’ll be served last, as both trolleys start from either end. To avoid disappointment, maybe prepare some to take with you or buy some sandwiches at the airport to avoid disappointment.
Even if you don’t need it before you get on the plane – go for a try! Don’t even think about queuing up for the toilet during your flight – it’s not allowed! So if you’re desperate, there’s a chance someone might get there before you – and another person – and another person. On your flight during a pandemic, only the rear toilets may be accessible. I wouldn’t recommend choosing seats at the front or back of plane near the toilets just in case queues form. You don’t want more people around you in such a small space – and some might not wear their masks properly! When travelling to Egypt, a friend of mine had to put her hand up or press the call button above their seat if they wanted to go to the toilet so as to limit queues.
Temperature tests were carried out at Manchester airport and Dalaman airport through infrared. Our mini-bus transfer stopped a mile from the resort to temperature check our wrists and again upon entering the hotel. And every morning before breakfast.
I hope this has shed some light on what to expect on flights during a pandemic. Social distancing measures were in place, plus plenty of hand sanitiser bottles were around and masks were available to buy. Read this if you’d like to know what the airports during a pandemic are like. Or download my FREE Guide to Travelling During a Pandemic for more information!