Making Adjustments As Air Travel Returns To Normal
Getting used to traveling again as the COVID-19 pandemic fades in America and air travel returns to normal took a bit of adjustment.
I was flying from San Diego to Franklin, TN – a quaint city south of Nashville where all the big-time country music stars live – the first of June and it took me a while to get my sea legs back, to use a boating term.
At first, I lost my coolness factor.
I kept thinking I had forgotten something. Walking out of the apartment and on the way to the airport, I had a nervous feeling that I left something behind because I had not packed for a trip in so long.
Normally, I just shrug my shoulders and say to myself “if I left it behind, I can get it when I get to my destination.”
Then I lost my patience. This happened when I stepped into the ridiculously small and crowded Southwest gates area at the San Diego airport. It’s a small, round room packed with about 10 gates. There was no place to sit down, not even on the floor.
When I got onto the plane and the flight attendant made “we have a full flight” announcement, that is when I transformed from unsure travel squid to my standard travel pro mode. I was back to traveling.
What was it like? Well, pretty much like the pre-pandemic days as pointed out in this article. In America, at least.
Security went pretty smoothly. You still have to remove your shoes, jacket or coat and put your laptop in a bin by itself. Those can be time-consuming moves and back up lines if there are a lot of passengers moving through there at the same time.
There also proved to be some very other familiar elements to air travel.
Screaming kids? Check.
Endless announcements from gate agents and flight attendants? Yep.
Lines at food counters in airports? Definitely.
So if you’ve not traveled on a plane in a while and have a trip planned, you can expect the same experiences you did before the shutdowns.