16 May Don’t Forget to Pack Your N95 Masks!
Now that CDC has given vaccinated people the ok to travel, more and more Americans are shaking off their cabin fever and spreading their wings – or at least booking airline tickets. If you plan to join them, remember that you must wear an N95 or other approved face mask in airports and on planes.
You will also want to be sure to check the Covid-19 restrictions for the destination you are flying to. Some places still have mask mandates in place, so you will want to be sure to pack enough N95 masks – especially if you are flying to a destination that still has a high number of infections (or a low rate of vaccination!).
Safety Tips for Air Travel
The airlines tell us that the way they circulate and filter the air on their planes means that threat of passengers catching Covid-19 is minimal. Unfortunately, flights are usually crowded, which makes social distancing impossible. And there’s all that time you will be spending in the airport standing in lines and interacting with others, going through security, trying to get a cup of coffee – before you even get on the plane.
The health experts at the Mayo Clinic took all of that into account and came up with steps you can take to protect yourself and others when you travel. Here are some of their tips for safely navigating the TSA screening process:
- Place your tickets (paper or electronic) directly on the scanner and then hold them up for inspection instead of giving tickets to TSA officers.
- Your hand sanitizer is not subject to the 3-ounce limit put on other liquids. You can carry up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in your carry-on bag.
- Place your personal items such as keys, wallets and phones in carry-on bags, not bins.
- Keep your food items in plastic bags and place them in a bin for screening. This will make the screening process easier, and you can possibly skip opening bags for inspection.
- Don’t forget to wash your hands before and especially after the screening.
You will be required to wear your N95 mask or other approved face covering (we recommend the NIOSH-approved N95 Duramask or a K95 mask) during the screening process, but TSA employees may ask you to take your mask off for identification purposes.