MANY Brits who opted for a staycation this summer due to coronavirus will be hoping for a foreign holiday next year.
But even with a vaccine, the threat is unlikely to have disappeared completely from crowded places.
For those who might be tempted to hop on a plane again, Martin Lindstrom, a behavioural psychologist and New York Times best-selling author has launched a book on how to travel Covid-safe.
He shared ten of his top tips from Travel Truth and Lies Unmasked with Sun Online Travel, read on to find out more:
1. Pack wisely. Try to pack all your baggage in one carry-on suitcase, avoiding the risk of acquiring those nasty microbes on checked-in luggage.
2. Book a seat right at the back of the plane. There are fewer passengers frequenting this area, thus fewer people passing by.
3. Don’t view the airport as a theme park or shopping centre. Times have changed. So no browsing around duty free, just walk straight to your gate.
4. If you’re eating at the airport, watch out for the menu cards in bars, cafes and restaurants – these are some of the most contagious spots you’ll ever come across.
5. Wear your mask during your entire trip. When eating or drinking, hand it around your neck, don’t put it down.
6. Once on-board, don’t touch the top of the seats while getting in or out of your seat. Hundreds of passengers will have used them as navigation crutches, acting semi-blindfolded, touching every seat-top the whole way back to seat 57F.
7. Always sanitise your hands after doing up your seatbelt on an aeroplane. Everyone assumes a seatbelt buckle has been cleaned…it rarely has.
8. If you want your glass to be refilled on the plane, clean it on the outside as the crew return it – remember they’ve touched 100 glasses prior to yours.
9. Sanitise your hands and passport immediately after leaving border control. On any given day, more than 235,000 passengers and their passports go through each of the ten largest international airports.
10. The steering wheel in your rental car has been used by so many people – always clean it before touching it.
Air travel safety has been given a massive boost with one-hour Covid tests for holidaymakers that launched at Heathrow Airport this month.
The tests allow travellers can enter countries that require a negative coronavirus test in order to avoid being quarantined.
The system will initially be brought in for people flying to Hong Kong and then Italy, which permit quick pre-flight tests as evidence the traveller is free from Covid-19.
Anyone wanting the test will have to book in advance and pay a fee of £80.