How to Fly Safer this Holiday Season

By Sandee LaMotte.

If you’re taking to the skies to visit friends and family over the holidays, be prepared to jostle your way through crowded airports, packed planes and frenzied baggage queues with millions of fellow travelers.
“Everyone knows how close they’re going to be with other people on a plane,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, a union representing flight attendants in the US. “But they may not be taking into account how full those airports will be as well. No space. No way to socially distance.”
Some 4.2 million people are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday, nearly twice as many as last year, according to the American Automobile Association.
The bad news is that many Americans will still not be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving, including children under 12 and those who choose, for whatever reason, not to get a shot.
A good many people may also be “newbies” to the strict federal mask mandate implemented in February, said Nelson, who has been a United Airlines flight attendant since 1996.
“People need to understand that there’s a federal mask policy in place,” she said.