Raise the air curtain: the drama of flying in the age of Covid

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Raise the air curtain: the drama of flying in the age of Covid

It’s time to learn new words!

Hugh Morris

If you thought flying was a faff before, just wait until taking to the skies in the post-pandemic age: regular hand sanitisation, mandatory face masks and a distinct lack of entertainment in the form of either in-flight magazines or alcohol.

Bye bye booze

With no standard set of Covid-friendly operating guidelines, airlines have had to decide on their own precautions. Ryanair does not want passengers to queue for the lavatory, while Turkish Airlines will have a “hygiene expert” on every flight. British Airways this week confirmed it would offer a reduced food and drinks service, with no alcohol for those in short-haul economy. Free prepacked meals will be offered to those on long-haul flights, but menus have been scrapped to limit passenger and cabin crew interaction. Virgin Atlantic, KLM and American Airlines have all confirmed that alcohol sales will be temporarily halted...

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