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Following is a recap of October's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
In mid-October, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it screened more than 1 million travelers in a single day. As more travelers take to the sky, TSA Directors around the country have recommended a variety of tips for flying during COVID-19 to ensure a safer experience, reports Travel + Leisure. TSA's advice for travelers include tips such as washing hands, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, removing items from pockets prior to going through a checkpoint and placing food items in clear plastic bag, packing smart, following expert guidance and more. Click "Read More" below to view the complete list.
With COVID-19 in constant fluctuation in the United States, travelers should be aware of the different travel restrictions set in place throughout the country. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, other state-specific COVID-19 safety information, including possible face covering mandates in public settings, is relevant for travelers. Click the link for a comprehensive list of state-specific travel restrictions and safety mandates currently in place across the US as assembled by CNN.
Four US airlines have cut tens of thousands of flights from their November schedule due to COVID-19. American Airlines removed 86,000 flights, or 46 percent, of flights in November as it copes with low demand. United Airlines has also reduced its flight plan for the same time period by 52 percent. Additionally, Delta Air Lines has reported flight reductions in November, as well as Southwest Airlines, which plans to reduce the number of its November flights by 36 percent. The announcement of the reduction means United now has the smallest number of flights operating next month out of the four carriers, with 72,566. American, meanwhile, will carry out a total of 99,362 flights - the most out of the four airlines - in November, despite the cuts.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced its new guidance about mask wearing on public transportation in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Per the new guidelines: "CDC strongly recommends appropriate masks be worn by all passengers and by all personnel operating the conveyance while on public transportation conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) and at transportation hubs and other locations where people board such conveyances (e.g. airports, bus or ferry terminals, train stations, seaports)." The CDC's guidelines also include the following:
- People should wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when waiting for, traveling on, or departing from public transportation such as the airport, bus or ferry terminal, train or subway station, seaport or similar area that provides transportation.
- People should wear masks when traveling into, within, or out of the United States on public conveyances.
- Conveyance operators transporting people should refuse to board anyone not wearing a mask and require all people onboard, whether passengers or employees, to wear masks for the duration of travel except in the following circumstances:
- For brief periods while eating, drinking or taking medication
- If unconscious, incapacitated, unable to be awakened or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
- When necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity such as during Transportation Security Administration screening or when asked to do so by the ticket or gate agent or any law enforcement official
- For children under the age of 2 years old
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported new findings regarding the low incidence of inflight transmissions of COVID-19. Since the start of 2020, there have been 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight journey (including confirmed, probable and potential cases). During the same period, some 1.2 billion passengers have traveled. “The risk of a passenger contracting COVID-19 while onboard appears very low. With only 44 identified potential cases of flight-related transmission among 1.2 billion travelers, that’s one case for every 27 million travelers. We recognize that this may be an underestimate but even if 90% of the cases were un-reported, it would be one case for every 2.7 million travelers. We think these figures are extremely reassuring. Furthermore, the vast majority of published cases occurred before the wearing of face coverings inflight became widespread,” said Dr. David Powell, IATA’s Medical Advisor.