By Kendra Julion (Instagram @k_cinique)
I know that there are mixed feelings regarding traveling during the pandemic (a.k.a the panny. God I love Twitter lol). I am with you, to be honest. One day I’m ready to run to the airport and catch a flight to anywhere hell, and the next day I’m bunkered down at home with no desire to leave my house until this nonsense is over. I definitely get both sides. Most of us travel junkies use travel as a form of self-care, and honestly, 2020 kicked my ass not traveling for 10 months. So, with all that said, my sister was turning 35 earlier this month and lives in LA, away from me and the fam in Chicago. After a bunch of back and forth, feeling guilty, hemmin and hawwin, we decided we were going to celebrate her in Las Vegas. We also decided to test for Rona right before leaving to make sure that we were negative before we are around each other. Here are the rest of the deets:
Flights were stupidly cheap going to and from Vegas, but I went with Delta Airlines, which was more expensive. Why? I appreciated their reputation of flinging a weirdo non-masker off any flight and leaving that middle seat empty was clutch. So arriving at the airport was the point of my trip where I experienced the most anxiety. Being around people wearing their masks incorrectly, standing too close to you, coughing, hell breathing too loud, the thought of using the bathroom, freaked me out. Annnd a few times my shield blurred up and I couldn’t see for shit lol. Also, you have to lower your mask when you go through security. Luckily, in my personal life, I’m surrounded by nurses and scientists that helped me prep for my trip. I wore an n95 mask, goggles, and a face shield to protect myself. I also brought wet wipes to wipe down my seat, tray, and window I usually snooze on, fabric sanitizer to spray my clothes/jacket once I arrived at the hotel, and multiple hand sanitizers. To avoid the germ-fest bathrooms, I stopped hydrating 8-hours before leaving for the airport (thanks mom lol).
When boarding the plane, they board from back to front unless you are first-class (err, why wasn’t we doing this before lol). Once on the flight, I felt a bit better about traveling. As soon as you get on the flight, you receive hand sanitizer from the flight attendant. They also made an announcement about wearing your mask at all times and if they notice you not wearing it properly, you will be gently reminded to mask-up. My kind of energy. Also, the plane was pretty empty. While they are not serving drinks, they are passing out the cutest bags to guests that have water, almonds, those yummy Delta cookies, hand sanitizer, and a cute little thank you note. You can eat on the flight, but as soon as you are done, they ask that you politely put that mask back on. When you arrive, they ask you to leave space in between you and the other rows. No- most people didn’t listen, but I appreciated the effort.
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