Disclaimer: All information is up to date as of July 2020.

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an ever-increasing number of changes to business travel that travelers are struggling to keep up with. As companies start sending employees on the road again, many travelers are looking for information on what to expect the next time they go to the airport.

That’s why we’ve compiled the following answers to common questions business travelers are asking about air travel.

1. Do I need to wear a mask when I fly?

Most major airlines and airports now require passengers to wear a mask or face covering when traveling. No matter how you plan to travel, we recommend you bring a mask or face covering both for your safety, as well as the safety of others.

While the federal government has not mandated masks for passengers, frontline aviation workers or action on COVID-19 safety measures in aviation, airlines are taking the responsibility of establishing carrier-specific face covering policies themselves. Such requirements will include potential consequences passengers could face for violating the policy.

Review the CDC’s recommendations on face coverings.

2. What changes can I expect when going through airport security?

In addition to implementing social distancing measures, TSA has combined security checkpoints and numerous airports because fewer travelers are flying. The checkpoint you normally go through may be closed, so check the airport’s website for changes before heading to the airport.

TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs as long as they expired on or after March 1, 2020. It’s also worth noting that the deadline to get a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card has moved to October 21, 2021.

Learn more about changes to TSA’s airport security protocols.

3. What should I bring with me to the airport?

  • Snacks for your flight, as most airlines have limited food and beverage service and many airport restaurants are closed
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Personal protective equipment, like a mask or face covering
  • Hand sanitizer

4. What other info should I check before heading to the airport?

Be sure to check the website for the airports you’ll pass through during each leg of your journey since regulations may vary from one airport to the next.

You should also review COVID-19 safety requirements for each state you plan to visit during your trip. This resource from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides helpful information on state-by-state regulations that you can review before you travel to another state.

5. What are airlines doing to help passengers and staff stay safe and healthy during the pandemic?

The following links provide useful information on what actions the major airlines are taking to keep travelers and staff healthy:

From tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID after landing to an interactive state-by-state map that highlights current travel restrictions, you can review answers from Million Mile Secrets on what to expect while traveling by plane amid COVID-19.

Want to know how to keep your team safe once work travel resumes? Upside can help you set up a corporate travel management program that lets you track your team’s trips so you know everyone is accounted for and helps your travelers make good booking decisions on all of their work trips.

Check out Upside.com to see if Upside’s free business travel management platform is the right solution for you and your team.

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