Flying in the Time of Corona: Hygiene Rules

Fliegen in Corona-Zeiten: Hygieneregeln

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything this year. Even summer holidays abroad will be different in 2020 than we were used to. Despite the still limited travel and holiday opportunities, airplanes are again taking off for popular destinations. But what do I have to consider at the airport and on the plane?

Hygiene Rules at the Airport

To ensure the safety of passengers, the existing hygiene rules also apply at the airport. In addition, more time should be planned for check-in than at non-corona times. The distance and hygiene rules may cause delays at the counters. Even better is the online check-in and baggage drop-off.

Hygiene measures at the airport:

  • Maintain the recommended minimum distance of 1.5 m from other people
  • Wear a face fask, the face mask is also mandatory for children from the age of 6 years
  • Use the contactless disinfectant dispensers in the terminal
  • Proper coughing and sneezing (into the crook of your arm)

There are also corona-related changes in the security check:

  • Only one piece of hand luggage per person allowed
  • Stow keys, mobile phone, watches etc. in hand luggage or in your jacket pocket
  • Belt and shoes should only be taken off when requested

Hygiene Measures in the Plane

To avoid coronavirus infections, the wearing of the face mask is mandatory during the entire flight time. This also applies to children from the age of 6. As space in the aircraft is limited, the minimum distance of 1.5 m can usually not be maintained. Some airlines therefore block the middle seat. With other airlines you have to book and pay for it additionally – if you want to. In order to keep contact with other passengers to a minimum, it is recommended to book a window seat. The air conditioning in the plane also helps to keep the infection with the coronavirus at a minimum. Due to the strong ventilation, there is a complete exchange of air in the cabin every two to four minutes. But: Even if the strong ventilation is an advantage – infections cannot be prevented.

Conclusion: How Safe Is Travelling at the Moment?

Despite the rules of distance and hygiene, most people still have a certain amount of uncertainty when it comes to travelling. Because a certain residual risk cannot be avoided. If you decide for a holiday trip, make sure that hygiene measures are observed and behave responsibly. In this way, you can protect yourself and others.


  • Take enough face masks with you
  • Pack your own hand disinfectant
  • Allow sufficient time for check-in
  • Observe distance and hygiene rules


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