Flights have returned to the skies once again, but in a world transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the inflight experience is altered dramatically. New rules mean passengers now have to think about packing some additional items in their hand luggage before they head to the airport.
A magazine to read onboard or a pair of headphones to plug into your TV screen may have once been the main hand luggage must-have, however, in changing times PPE now takes precedence.
Holidaymakers are now being told it is mandatory to wear a face mask onboard at all times with most airlines, though the majority of flight operators will not provide these masks.
What’s more, for those jetting off on a long-haul adventure, it seems one mask simply isn’t enough.
British Airways is advising passengers to change their face masks at regular intervals.
“A mask should be put in an individual small bag, before disposing into a waste bin.
“Please ask the crew onboard for more information.”
The airline also emphasises that passengers must bring their own masks.
“There may be dispensing machines for masks available at airports, however, we strongly encourage everyone to arrive with a mask, as passengers without masks will not be able to board the aircraft,” the easyJet website states.
Though masks may be difficult to get used to at first, they are scientifically proven to reduce the spread of viruses, says Ryanair.
In a new video outlining its enhanced “biosecurity measures”, Ryanair explains: “This important health measure reduced the spread of COVID19.”
Furthermore, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says: “Masks are effective when used with frequent hand-cleaning”.
Professor Luke O’Neill who is as an expert from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology explained: “It’s not about you really, it’s about stopping the virus spreading to someone else.”
He added: “Studies have shown that 95 percent of the viral load will be trapped in the mask.”
Passengers are also being asked to carry hand sanitiser with them when travelling.
Hand sanitising stations are likely to be dotted throughout most airport terminals.