Is flying during the Covid-19 pandemic Safe?

(GERMANY OUT) USA California San Diego – Boeing 737 by Southwest Airlines at San Diego International Airport (Photo by Dünzl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

It has been almost two months since I have seen my parents; this is the longest time without seeing them. I was hesitant to see them as we are all staying at home to help stop the spread of Covid-19. When you are in your 80’s, your time on earth is limited. My parent’s reason for living right now is for their family. In my opinion, the stay at home order for seniors is a death sentence. If the elderly do not have human interaction, exercise, and activity, it is detrimental to their health.


When I decided to come to Las Vegas, I thought about driving instead of flying, because of the fear of the germs on the airplane. Since I didn’t want to lose any time with my parents, I ended up flying to Las Vegas, and I am glad I did. In my opinion, during this Covid-19 pandemic, now is the safest time to fly.

San Diego Airport

The traffic to the airport from Del Mar took 20 minutes. When we got to the airport, there were three cars parked at the curbside of Terminal 1. Inside the airport to check-in at security felt like a ghost town.

Southwest ticket counter

There was no TSA Pre check-in (didn’t need it anyway) at the gate. Correspondingly was one line of people (about six) checking in, each person distanced six feet apart from each other.

Six feet spaced out with tape

When I arrived at the gates, there was only Einstein Bagels and the gift shop open; everything else is closed. At the bagel shop, the grab and go food items are closed down. You could only order food or drink, and of course, the customers had to stand at a distance. In the gift shop, the grab and go items food items were also closed. One could purchase package food or drink. There was a pretty big line with six feet distanced and one cashier

The lines at the gift shop

Once you arrived to pay for your items, the cashier tells you to scan your items and will not take cash, card only. She does nothing but hands you a receipt.

Due to the spread of Covid-19, no cashier interactions

Sitting at the gate while waiting to board was empty and quiet, I had the entire row of seats to myself.

Waiting to board the airplane

On the plane

When I got on the plane, everyone wore masks. The aircraft smelled terrific, and the plane looked sparkly clean. After I sat down, the flight attendant announced that there would only be forty people on the flight. She asked that everyone should spread out, and there should be no reason for anyone to sit in the middle seat. Of course, a woman sat two seats next to me, and there was plenty of room to have your row, I didn’t mind.

She didn’t have to sit so close

Almost empty plane

The flight attendant also announced that there would be no drink service or snacks. I purchased my own water before I boarded the plane. The flight was nice and quiet. I took a nap and was in Las Vegas in an hour.

Vegas Airport

The flight attendant also announced that there would be no drink service or snacks. I purchased water before I boarded the plane. The flight was nice and quiet. I took a nap and was in Las Vegas in an hour.

When I got off the airplane, the first thing I noticed was the slot machines, they were lit, but the screens were turned off and roped off as well. Additionally, all of the restaurants and bars are closed.

Clean ghost town

Walking through the airport was like walking in an immaculate ghost town. The craziest feeling was when I walked past the baggage claim area; I’m not sure it was even working. I saw one other person walking by.

Baggage claim empty

My travel day from San Diego to Las Vegas was surreal. I feel that it is much safer and less germy to travel now than it will be in the coming days. Make sure to wear a mask and sanitize your hands, and your good to go.


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