Flying during the coronavirus outbreak: Should I cancel my flight? What precautions can I take?
The demand for air travel continues to plummet amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with airlines slashing routes and scaling back on service.TRAVEL AMID THE CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWThose still planning to fly, however, may be wondering about the risks associated with air travel, or what precautions the major airlines are taking to keep passengers safe.What do I need to know?The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of State have been updating their travel warnings as the virus continues to spread to regions across the globe. Before planning an itinerary — or when deciding whether to cancel — passengers should check the CDC’s Health Notices and the State Department’s Travel Advisories for any guidance on where or where not to visit.Several airlines have also suspended or altered their service to specific airports, regions or countries. Passengers can contact travel providers directly to ensure there won’t be any changes in service to your destination; if travel has been altered or changed, or passengers wish to postpone or cancel altogether, many U.S. airlines are extending travel waivers for ticketholders scheduled to fly to any destination amid the ongoing pandemic, without incurring additional fees.The State Department has a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program