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12 Things You Won’t See in Airports Anymore

It's safe to say that traveling is about to look a little different.

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With most of travel on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s safe to say that the aspects of traveling we have become accustomed to won’t be back to normal for a very long time, if ever at all. Maybe face masks will be given with the complimentary drink and pretzels on airplanes. Paper towels and toilet paper may remain scarce. Coughing may legally prevent you from boarding the plane. At this point, nothing is for certain, but we asked some travel experts what their predictions are for the airline industry post-coronavirus particularly in airports and they all seem to agree that traveling will be completely altered, similarly to how drastic changes were implemented after 9/11. Even if you decide not to hop on a plane for a while after reading what experts have to say, see why you should still use your vacation days in quarantine.

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David A. Banmiller, a former CEO and aviation industry insider, claims that staff will be reduced in order to limit contact including in baggage, security, and boarding. Travelers will be taking new measures to go through these steps at the airport to ensure less human-to-human contact. Online check-in will become standard along with each passenger scanning their own tickets and printing luggage tags at home.

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Peter, the owner of France Travel Blog and a full-time worker as a floor supervisor at an airport, says that the one main thing you won’t see at airports anymore is people. Statistics for the month of April show that foot traffic in airports was down 98.73 percent compared to last April. While you’re thinking about traveling, check out these 10 things you won’t see in hotels anymore.

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Quick turnaround

Shelly of Concierge Travel has seen the length of time on the ground between two different flights on the same aircraft double from around 20 minutes to 40 minutes as the staff is thoroughly disinfecting the plane. This could result in fewer flights overall.

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Carry-on bags

Brian Altomare of Lugless has seen the banning of carry-on bags in the cabins to create less baggage in the overhead bins. Travelers may also be carrying less while going through increased security when it comes to sanitizing luggage during the check-in process.

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Security bins

Steve Deane of Stratos Jets says that airports will completely remove the bins at security as they can be handled by hundreds of travelers every day without ever being cleaned. When going through security, travelers will place their items directly on the conveyor belt. Don’t miss these things flight attendants won’t be allowed to do anymore.

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Romantic goodbyes

Jennifer, an editor at, claims that non-fliers will not be permitted to be at the airport to limit crowds even further. There may even be a disinfection tunnel and thermal scanners for passengers to pass through with time.

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Congested lounge areas

Joe Spencer, the owner of Holiday Park Ace, believes that there will be more designated lounge space for each flight so travelers will be able to spread out before boarding. While there is usually one designated space per flight, two to three areas may become the new normal.

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Free safety measures

Elad Shmilovich of Splitty Travel, says that travelers will pay a premium for health-related changes. While travelers don’t believe that the new cost burden should fall upon them, it is highly likely that airfare will increase due to new safety measures. Check out the correct way to germ-proof your plane seat.

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Minimal private jets

Doug Gollan, the founder of Private Jet Card Comparisons, foresees a surge in private aviation. The wealthier population, who could previously afford private travel but couldn’t justify the added costs, have now deemed the expense warranted for both business and leisure travel. At the beginning of May, private planes made up 33 percent of all departures when they previously made up only 15 percent before coronavirus.

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Check-in without a medical certificate

Bill Angelos of The Expat has learned that with Iceland opening up its borders to tourists next month, visitors will be required to provide a medical certificate that claims they are healthy or immune. They may also agree to a check upon arrival with a 48-hour quarantine period while they wait for their results. A traveler may also decline the exam but will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Learn the method of boarding planes that was proven to reduce cases of ebola.

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Boarding from front to back

Dr. Terika L. Haynes of Dynamite Travel, LLC believes that the boarding process will be different in many airports by having passengers board from the back first to the front to limit contact with others. Travelers and staff will likely be required to wear masks on the plane. Check-in, security, and immigration times will likely be longer along with price increases due to the potential removal of the middle seat. Airports may even implement disinfectant tunnels for travelers to walk through.

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Quick lines for food

Cruise concierge, Mitch Krayton, believes that every step of travel will take more time due to disinfecting several times per day. Travelers will have to be more patient and allot more time for lines, eating, and daily activities. Next, check out the other ways flying will be different after coronavirus.