It is now week 12 of lockdown for the UK and it is clear we are going to have to learn to live with COVID-19 for some time to come.

As travel industry bodies like the BTA and ABTA lobby government over the quarantine measures introduced today (Monday 8th June), and airlines threaten legal action in a bid to increase schedules and get people moving again, at Clyde we see an increase in appetite from some to get moving again.

So, what can you do to protect yourself when you do travel again?

Most aircraft are fitted with HEPA filters, providing hospital theatre quality of air on board.  By clicking on the image above you can see via our infographic how this works, or you can download a PDF via the link below:

How do Airline HEPA Filters work

Here are our other top tips to consider when next flying:

  1. Are you fit to fly? If you feel unwell or present with any of the COVID-19 symptoms you should not travel.
  2. Wear a mask throughout your journey. You may also want to consider gloves for public places.
  3. Observe social distancing measures throughout your journey.
  4. Keep track of touch-points through the airport, on board and use hand sanitiser after every interaction.
  5. Once on board, wipe down your own area with antibacterial wipes. Whilst the aircraft cleaning procedures have been increased significantly, there is no clean like your own clean!
  6. Turn the air circulation above your seat to full.
  7. For longer journeys you may consider taking your own pillow and blanket as these have been removed by several airlines.
  8. Take your own food, where you can.

Throughout the pandemic, travel and in particular flying has been vilified as increasing your chances of infection, when in reality as long as you take the precautions you would to visit the supermarket and minimise the touch-points of your journey, you can fly with confidence. There are no actions in life without risk, it is about mitigating the risk, not avoiding it.

Think prevention, take precautions and stay safe!

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