Frequent Business Traveler 11/12/2020
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued new guidance for holiday travel amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The news came on the heels of the release of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that discourages the intermingling of households during holiday celebrations.
The move is part of the agency’s “Fly Healthy” campaign to encourage pandemic-safe behavior when traveling. While some of the guidance is common sense, it does bear repeating.
The FAA reminds travelers to check for any international travel advisories and zoom in on Covid-19 specific risk as well as local restrictions at the destination.
If taking public transit to the airport, wear a mask at all times including on shuttle buses, airport trains, and trams. If taking your own auto, remember to put a mask on before exiting the vehicle.
Once inside the airport, masks are required without exception. All airlines require masks at their check-in counters and gates as well as in their lounges and aircraft. Most airlines have eliminated medical exemptions for not wearing a mask and advise that anyone who cannot wear a mask not travel during the pandemic.
Bring extra masks for you and anyone traveling with you.
Upon arrival, you may be required to take a Covid-19 test either for admission to the country or to avoid a quarantine period.
Finally, when traveling home, be aware of any requirements your home city or state might have including coronavirus testing and quarantine periods.
Those flying out of SEA can now undergo "gold-standard" PCR lab testing prior to their flight thanks to a new pilot program.