If you have to fly during the global pandemic here are some good tips from someone who has to fly often. According to CNBC, the CEO of a yogurt company called Hälsa Foods has already had to fly thirty-three times during the pandemic. Mika Manninen who lives in Palm Beach, Florida, has been traveling the entire time during the pandemic, flying 33 times, including four abroad, and spent 160 nights in hotels.

As an essential worker, he has no choice, but he follows all of the safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Manninen has a strict safety routine when he is on the road and he put together a list of tips on how to stay as safe and protected as possible while in an airport.

Here are his tips:

  1. Wear multiple layers of latex gloves.  It will be easier to peel them off as you go instead of having to constantly put on a new pair.  He takes a layer off after check-in after he goes through TSA, and after he touches anything high-contact, like escalator handrails.
  2. Get a paper ticket.  Don't scan your phone at check-in.  You might contaminate it and get the virus on your hands.  So a paper ticket is better.
  3. Bring lots of disposable masks.  He changes his mask every four hours and tries not to touch it at all when it's on his face.
  4. Don't go to the food court.  He never gets food.  And if he needs a drink, he wipes down the bottle.  He also tries to find a corner to sit in with as few people as possible.
  5. Look for non-crowded bathrooms.  You might have to walk to another part of the terminal.  He also changes his mask after, and never uses bathrooms ON the plane.

Manninen added that he doesn't really worry about the air on the plane, because it's filtered and recirculated every few minutes.  But he never takes his mask off while on the plane. He said he covers as much skin as possible and wipes EVERYTHING down,  Including his seat, window, table, and seat belt.  He even wipes down the buttons and knobs on the ceiling.

For more great tips and details on his safety routine, click here. 

Sounds like good advice to me! Safe travels!


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