Here’s Why Planes Are Still Packed, Despite the Pandemic
Though demand for air travel has plummeted globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems the U.S. is following a different rule.
Yes, most airlines did ground their flights temporarily and suspend all operations initially. But for those traveling domestically, many still reported seeing busy planes and filled seats. One Mile At A Time reported seeing over 250,000 daily travelers in the U.S.
That’s a far cry from the millions who travel each year. But, given the immensity of the pandemic, this is still a concerning number. So, why are people still traveling? And what can be done to maintain social distance if you have to travel too?
Why Airplanes are Still Packed
According to Time Magazine, two-thirds of the world’s passenger jets are still grounded because of the COVID-19 crisis.
However, why we still have packed planes is because the few flights left are selling their tickets at a much cheaper rate.
The air travel industry is hemorrhaging money at this point. Under the existing plans for summer travel, the industry was supposed to gain immense profits. But since there’s no demand at present, the only way to manage some revenue is by minimizing the price point, so the airline can at least make some money while travelers go to their destination safely.
So, for those who may wonder why planes are packed; it’s because the airline has sold the most tickets at low prices. And unfortunately, every person on the flight got the same idea to book cheap tickets, expecting an empty plane.
Staying Safe While Traveling
This isn’t to say that airlines aren’t trying to create space between seats.
However, increasing demands and a few flights on offer are making things more complicated for most airlines. Because the schedule is reduced, planes are fuller. Nevertheless, for most travelers going to their destination in such circumstances, the best thing to do now is to take steps personally to reduce the risk of exposure.
Following all CDC guidelines, passengers should wear face coverings, use hand sanitizers before handling anything, and disinfect the seat, the armrests and the area surrounding the seat before sitting down. They should also limit visits to the bathroom and ensure proper social distancing.
After the flight, passengers must dispose of their face coverings, wash their clothes and self-monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days. If any passengers are making short-term visits, they should take all steps to limit contact. For example, people using Cubby services for luggage storage must disinfect their baggage before handing it over.
Cubby has implemented these laws in all 11 cities, including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, Galveston, Dallas, Boston, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Redwood City. That has not only helped us keep customers safe but our storage providers as well.
We’re not out of the woods yet. So, only plan essential travel if needed. And be careful and cautious when outdoors. It’s better to be safe than sorry!