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12 Photos That Show the “New Normal” of Air Travel

This is what it looks like to fly in a post-pandemic world.

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Flight AttendantsHECTOR RETAMAL/Getty Images

Air travel had lost a lot of its popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s slowly gaining back its momentum. Be warned though, as it’s likely your experience will look very different from what it used to be if you chose to hop on a plane these days. To keep airline workers and passengers safe, a lot of health and safety guidelines have been introduced in the past few months. Some of these regulations (like leaving the middle seat on flights empty) are being abandoned, but a lot seem to be here to stay. For those of you who were wondering, here are 12 photos that show the “new normal” of air travel. Flying is not the only thing that looks different these days—eating out at a restaurant also looks like a brand new experience.

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An airline is checking the information of a passenger

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An airline worker is helping an elderly passenger

They seem to be one of the very few people at the airport.

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The sinks you can use at an airport bathroom are clearly marked

This way, airports can ensure an appropriate distance between passengers.

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Passengers wearing face masks are using the self-check-in kiosk

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A flight attendant is giving the safety demonstrations before a flight

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A plane is being disinfected in between flights

At least you don’t have to worry about how clean the plane you’re on is these days.

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A full flight is waiting for take-off

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A cleaning crew entering a plane

Professional cleaning crews make sure planes are in top-notch condition.

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Some seats are blocked off with tape at an airport gate

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A sign on a German airport is reminding passengers to keep a 6 foot distance

It’s important to follow the new health and safety regulations while you fly.

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This Chinese airport is almost completely empty

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