Going to Denver last month required flying. I normally enjoy flying but was apprehensive given the state of Covid in this country.
I am selective about where I go and who I spend my time with on a normal day. Travel is by car. Dining out is rare and typically in the car or outside. Shopping is mostly utilitarian now rather than entertainment.
I have found ways to travel around the region and even down to Virginia while being safe and feeling secure but it is always by myself in a car.
The thought of air travel – even a couple of weeks before the holiday rush- made me squeamish but my research was reassuring. Friends who fly regularly were able to provide some insight. What I had read about my airline was reassuring too.
Flying out of the John Glenn International Airport in Columbus on a Tuesday afternoon was a smart choice.
The place was a ghost town.
Some shuttle lots are closed, most businesses were closed or operating with limited hours, and there was no security line. Literally, friends, there was no line. I walked right through.
There were people cleaning and so few travelers it was easy to social distance.
Flying in and out of Denver was arguably a mistake.
This is one of our country’s busier airports. Getting off the plane and leaving was fine. The airport train wasn’t at all busy and I managed to get out the door without cause for concern.
Sadly, the flight out was a much different story. The TSA line was enormous. It moved quickly but most people were making no effort to social distance.
Once through security, there was plenty of space to spread out even though it was busy. Everything felt extremely clean and there is hand sanitizer available everywhere.
All the same, if I had known it would be this busy, I would have flown out of a smaller airport.
The experience made me grateful that I’m typically a road tripper and am not flying during the holidays.
Have you flown lately? I would love to hear your story.