CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta warned viewers during CNN's global town hall "things are going to feel a lot different next time you go to the airport," but offered some practical advice on how to safely fly during the pandemic.
Here are some tips for flying safely:
- Before you even arrive, pack hand sanitizer and use it to clean your hands as often as possible throughout your journey, said Gupta in a short video demonstrating his own trip to the airport.
- As you make your way past the ticket counters and through security, try to touch as few surfaces as possible and wear a mask throughout your entire journey. "You wear the mask, again, to protect other people," he said. "The frontline workers are there all day. Another reason to try and be as safe as possible."
- Once you are inside the concourse and headed for your gate, avoid crowded areas. If you have the time, skip the train that moves passengers between terminals and walk.
- On the aircraft, you can try to choose a window seat, which could reduce your exposure to passengers passing by in the aisle
- Finally, you know that adjustable outlet that shoots cool air down down on to your seat? It's called a "gasper" and it's your friend.
"Turn it up as high as you can," Gupta said. "That's going to cause turbulent air in front of you and break up any clouds of virus."
Gupta acknowledged that nothing you do will make you totally safe, but these tips could reduce your risk of catching coronavirus while traveling.
"These are small things," he sad. "They may make a small difference, but it's easy to do and it's probably worth it."