What to Expect When Flying During Coronavirus | My Experience

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Being a travel blogger is all fun and games, until a pandemic hits. In the last year, I have traveled to over 10 countries, and now our summer plans have come to a screeching halt. Santorini will have to wait!

Since we live in Denmark during the year, the first flight we took was an international flight home on May 8th, 2020. We took a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that holds 315 people, and on our flight, there were only 35 including the crew and pilots. You can read about that trip here.

Many people have asked me about our experience flying in a pandemic. And here is what I’ve gathered.

Why were we flying?

We live in Denmark August to May for work, and normally we spend our summers flying between family. In 2018, we sold our car, and now we are a bit strapped when it comes to travel options in the US.

Since the pandemic started we have made three trips and been inside these airports: Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Newark, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, Austin, and Phoenix.

For the safety of us and those around us, we are proactively getting tested for coronavirus every four to six weeks. Some of our family are considered high risk, and we want to do our due diligence and protect ourselves and those we love. We have been tested twice now, negative.

Booking flights

I will say, getting out of Europe in May was a royal pain in the behind. Our flight got canceled about five times, and it ended up taking around 42 hours to get home. It was miserable!

But now, flights are pretty easy to come by and cheap. Airlines are desperate to get their seats filled. Here in the states, we have been flying Southwest, and they have been a dream.