Airport Passage

TRAVEL TIPS

Before, During and After

Preparing for Travel

  • Avoid connecting flights where possible.
     

  • Check in for your flight on your phone through the airline app.
     

  • Pack a mask for every day and bring plastic bag to store dirty masks in.
     

  • Pack hand sanitizer size 12 ounces per passenger allowed.
     

  • Pack individually packaged alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on or checked luggage. Jumbo containers of hand wipes are also allowed in carry-on or checked luggage.
     

  • Call ahead to hotel and find out their COVID-19 measures taken, and any services not currently being offered.
     

  • Many airlines are not offering beverage service. Most airlines are encouraging travelers to bring snacks and a water bottle to fill before you fly.
     

  • Download TSA app https://www.tsa.gov/mobile.
     

  • Download app for airline.
     

  • Consider having someone drop you off at the airport to avoid taking shuttle.

During a Trip

AIRPORT

  • Be prepared for maybe a little lengthier time through TSA.
     

  • Limit interaction frequently touched surfaces such as kiosks, digital interfaces such as touchscreens and fingerprint scanners, ticket machines, turnstiles, handrails, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, and benches as much as possible.

  • If your driver's license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer. By the way, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced an extension of time to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license. The new deadline is October 1, 2021.
     

  • Prior to going through the security checkpoint, take the items from your pockets and place them into your carry-on bag so that you don’t have to place them in a bin. Remove the keys, tissues, lip balm, loose change, breath mints, mobile phone and anything else from your pockets and place them right into your carry-on bag. 
     

  • Wear mask and wash hands often.
     

  • Limit how often you take your face mask off to drink and eat. Some airlines have actually reduced or suspended their food and beverage services to avoid transmission of the virus.

HOTEL

  • Check the hotel’s COVID-19 prevention practices before you go.
     

  • Check travel restrictions and quarantine rules for your desired destination. Some states require visitors to stay inside for two weeks upon arrival.
     

  • Use options for online reservation and check-in, mobile room key, and contactless payment.
     

  • Check which amenities are open before booking, as many shared spaces at these facilities are closed so you can plan ahead.
     

  • Minimize use of areas that may lead to close contact (within 6 feet) with other people as much as possible or visit at off-peak times, like break rooms, outside patios, inside lounging areas, dining areas/kitchens, game rooms, pools, hot tubs, saunas, spas, salons, and fitness centers. Wear a mask and leave if you can't maintain social distance. 
     

  • Wipe down all hard, nonporous surfaces regularly. Prioritize high-touch surfaces, like keys, TV remotes, night stands, handles on sinks and doors, the fridge (inside and out), light switches. If you are considering cleaning your travel lodgings, see CDC’s guidance on how to clean and disinfect.
     

  • Consider taking the stairs. Otherwise wait to use the elevator until you can either ride alone or only with people from your household.
     

  • Request contactless delivery for any room service order.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

  • Before traveling, pack sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (in case you are unable to wash your hands at your destination). Bring your cloth face covering to wear at times when physical distancing is difficult.
     

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly (for example, the steering wheel, gear shift, door frame/handles, windows, radio/temperature dials, and seatbelt buckles).
     

  • When using parking meters and pay stations, consider using alcohol wipes to disinfect surfaces or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol after use. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as it is possible.
     

  • Improve the ventilation in the vehicle if possible (for example, open the windows or set the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode).
     

  • Consider limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle to only those necessary.
     

  • Use touchless payment when available.
     

  • Sit in the back seat in larger vehicles such as vans and buses so you can remain at least six feet away from the driver.

Returning Home

  • Know the rules in the state and town where you live. If you'll need to quarantine when you return, can you miss work or work remotely?

     

For recommended or required interstate traveler quarantines click here

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