A frequent flyer recently posted his business class trip from Heathrow airport to New York via Amsterdam to “demystify what it really is out there during Covid-19”.
Blogger Gilbert Ott is now back from the big apple – which he said he visited "out of necessity" – and posted some useful tips for staying safe on a plane in the world of coronaviruses on his travel tips website, God save the stitches.
He writes: & # 39; I found some things that really helped my peace of mind & # 39 ;. And MailOnline Travel can reveal them here, from watching the hygiene video of Naomi Campbell's viral plane to & # 39; everything & # 39; self sufficient.
Gilbert Ott on his hopper flight last week from Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
"Although airlines say they are making great efforts to sanitize flights," writes Gilbert, & # 39; I prefer not to take anyone's word about my personal safety. So I fell in love more than ever with my personal tablet, laptop and wireless headphones.
"Download a lot of content for offline viewing, so that you only touch your own stuff."
Entry restrictions with triple check
Things got a lot more complicated, says Gilbert.
He writes: & # 39; On my return trip, I asked the lovely check-in agent how the day was going and she said, "I'm stressed, man, lots of entry restrictions and new rules". I heard it, loud and clear. Most passengers surveyed say that fear of border restrictions or spontaneous closings is the main fear of returning to travel.
A security warning at Heathrow airport. Gilbert said he had a good experience there on his trip last week
& # 39; IATA, the International Air Transport Association, has a excellent interactive country by country guide, which can even improve your geography. It will provide all the most up-to-date input information.
Time to dust the lunch box.
"I think that, as a basis," writes Gilbert, "less things play that you don't know who touched them better. Now is the time to get the takeaway, make a sandwich or organize a snack and be ready to take care of happiness.
– With few exceptions, it's not like the food on the plane was particularly exciting, and now you have a good reason not to bother.
Bring your own scarves
Gilbert, who lives between London and New York, said that on his four recent flights he found access to handkerchiefs and disinfectants & # 39; hard hit & # 39 ;. So his advice is to bring your own and keep in mind that "most airports have increased the disinfectant limits to more than 100 ml".
Gilbert, who lives between London and New York, said that on his four recent flights he found access to handkerchiefs and disinfectants & # 39; hard hit & # 39 ;. Pictured is Heathrow Airport
It also signals Naomi Campbell's July 2019 viral airplane hygiene video, in which she is seen wearing plastic gloves and cleaning the business class seat.
"It was ahead of its time," writes Gilbert.
Bring layers or a change of clothes
Worried about contact with the surface? Having layers to throw, and maybe even discard, helps, says Gilbert.
He adds: "I made a point of making my trip back to change clothes and then wash my hands after going through airport security".
Avoid overhead boxes whenever possible
Ditch your hand luggage, that's Gilbert's wise advice.
He writes: & # 39; Overhead compartments have been the great dilemma of frequent travelers forever, and now they are everyone's dilemma. Airlines that charge astronomical fees for checked bags have led many more experienced travelers to learn how to pack their bags properly, but that means getting to the least clean area of an aircraft by mixing with other people's belongings. & # 39;
Take two masks
Gilbert says Naomi Campbell's viral airplane hygiene video in July 2019, in which she is seen wearing plastic gloves and cleaning the business class seat, was “ ahead of time & # 39; & # 39; (Image)
Gilbert thinks & # 39; very clearly & # 39; that masks' should be mandatory now & # 39 ;.
Why? "For the simple reason that you don't want to impact anyone, masks help to reduce your spray of drops when you speak, sneeze or breathe with your mouth open," he writes.
Apparently, the masks are effective for about four hours, so "bring two or even three", says Gilbert. "And learn to use one," he adds.
Make an online presence
Boarding passes offer pleasant souvenirs, but the more digital you can make your trip, the less time you will need to spend near other people at airports.
Gilbert writes: “Whenever possible, printing your boarding pass or, better yet, using your airline's mobile app to get around the problem saves time, effort and close physical contact with other people”.
He recognizes that this can be more difficult on long-haul trips, where & # 39; many airlines need to check that you are qualified to fly now & # 39; but says it should be easy for shorter trips.
Pay more attention to public transportation options
"Most countries advise against public transport whenever possible," says Gilbert. & # 39; Pay a little more attention to the availability and / or protocols needed to do any type of tour. & # 39;
Select the seats closest to the exit doors and windows
Business class service on Gilbert's flight from Amsterdam to New York arrived at this package waiting for him instead. The miniature of the house contained gin – and the plastic bag – a bottle of water, two coke, two tangerines, two crackers, a cheese sandwich, a cheese sandwich, a mixture of snacks, a kind of almond cookie , a slice of cheese and a pair of mini chocolates & # 39;
Gilbert says he was "an idiot" for choosing an aisle seat on his first short-haul flight last week between Heathrow and Schiphol. Even though he embarked at the end – something he recommends, as you spend more time in a less confined space – he felt the shoulders of & # 39; at least ten people pass me & # 39 ;. In addition, several passengers remained around them while waiting for the corridor.
The answer, says Gilbert, is to get closer to the aircraft's exit door and to a window seat, so that no one has to go over you or pass you.
Expect the unexpected
The FCO currently advises British citizens against all international travel, except essential travel
"From cancellations to randomized health checks, it will take a while for the trip to return to the normality experienced before Covid-19," writes Gilbert. & # 39; Entering with an open mind, or more importantly, with the understanding that things can change, will only help to make the trip more enjoyable. & # 39;
Read the MailOnline Travel story about Gilbert's trip to New York here.
Currently, the FCO advises British citizens against all but international travel.