Sumary of From take-off to touchdown, here’s how to make sure you have a safe flight this summer:
- With luck, many of us will be taking to the skies in the coming months — but in a world still reeling from Covid-19, what are airlines doing to protect us?.
- Edinburgh Airport has introduced a clearly-signed one-way system and Heathrow has erected contactless water stations and over 600 hand sanitiser dispensers..
- Try to cut down on cabin baggage to avoid using overhead bins — some airlines, such as Finnair, have reduced their hand luggage allowance to ensure smoother boarding..
- For hold luggage, consider using a transfer service such as AirPortr (airportr.com) which collects bags from your home then checks them in for you — the company works with airlines such as British Airways and easyJet..
- At the height of the pandemic some airlines blocked the middle seat to aid social distancing, but as demand has risen this measure has been dropped..
- Since March, Emirates has allowed passengers to purchase up to three adjacent seats if empty at check-in for a fee of £30 to £32 each, and Eurowings sells empty middle seats from £8.50 to £13..
- Always sit next to someone in your household or ‘bubble’, and go for a window seat, which is more protected, or extra-leg-room seats, which have more air space around them..
- In economy, sitting towards the front or rear of the plane makes little difference but avoid seats near the toilets, which are a potential source of infection….