As a third-year international student, I had to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic at a time when all I wanted to do was finish my assignments and say a proper goodbye to my uni friends. This of
course didn’t happen as we were all stuck in the house. To make matters worse, my home country is Italy, so moving back home was a no-go. I decided to stay in Bristol throughout March and April and move back home after finishing all my assignments.
I ended up flying back on April 30th from London. I couldn’t help but notice how different and much more complicated flying was. In retrospect, I didn’t need to lose sleep for a week worrying about my flight, but there are things you can do to make flying during this pandemic easier for yourself.
1) Avoid Uber
Do not, and I repeat do not rely on taxi apps like Uber or Ola to get to the airport, especially if your flight is early in the morning. Demand for rides is at a new low and cars take ages to get to you. Instead, book a private taxi. They are slightly more expensive but it’s worth it to guarantee you get to the airport on time. (Bristol Cabbie is very reliable and cheap).
2) Pack a snack
There are a few things as spooky as an empty Heathrow airport. Pack a lunch or at least a snack
with you because chances are you won’t find anything open.
3) Allow plenty of time
Yes, it’s true that less people travelling means fewer queues and less time waiting. Although at the same time, it means less security officers at work which leads to you spending more time at security. There’s also a higher chance of your train or transfer getting cancelled due to an insufficient number of passengers.
4) Take paracetamol
Stress and sleep deprivation play a big part in your temperature rising. Flight attendants will take your temperature before boarding, and you can potentially be stopped at the gate if you have a fever. Try to take either paracetamol or at least an aspirin a few hours before your flight.
5) Protect yourself
Needless to say, but public spaces can put you at a higher risk of catching the virus, especially train stations and airports. Make sure to have some hand sanitizer and plastic gloves with you and invest in a protective mask if you can find one.
Good luck and be safe!
Featured Image from Stockio, Airport Plan Sunset by Negative Space