When Liza Schejtman-Bach couldn’t use her flight credits, she thought she would lose them. She’d planned a family trip to Malaga, Spain, earlier this year. Then the pandemic hit, and her airline offered flight vouchers instead of a refund.
“I won’t be traveling anytime soon,” says Schejtman-Bach, a state employee who lives in Hackensack, New Jersey, and has an autoimmune disorder that puts her at higher risk if she contracts COVID-19.
Her problem may soon become your problem. At the start of the pandemic, a lot of air travelers accepted ticket credits instead of refunds. But those vouchers will expire before long, leaving them with worthless scrip. And the airline gets to keep their money.
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Ron Williams wants to if it’s safe to travel yet.
At 72, he’s in a high-risk group that makes him especially vulnerable to a covid-19 infection. But even if he weren’t, what kind of trip would it be?
“My wife and I like hanging out at the pool and visiting museums and shopping,” says Williams, a retired bank manager who lives in Ocala, Fla. “All of these activities are severely restricted or fraught with risk.”
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Scent-sensitive travelers like Sara Voorhees have always been careful when they’re on the road. A whiff of cologne or detergent can trigger an asthmatic attack for her.
But lately, as travel companies have obsessively cleaned their cars, rooms, and seats, she’s had to be extra cautious.
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If you’ve gone anywhere during the outbreak, you’ve probably seen some strange pandemic travel restrictions.
Mysty Stewart has. At a casino hotel in Stateline, Nevada, she ordered a drink – and received a lecture instead.
“If you have a drink and are at your own table, you have to keep your mask on,” she remembers being told. “You take it off to drink, then put your mask back on, then take it off to drink.”
Strip, sip, strip, sip.
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Now that airlines have started selling the middle seat again, here’s a question for you: Who owns the armrest on a plane?
It’s not you.
Oh, I know the conventional wisdom says that if you’re in a middle seat, you own the armrests. But as economy class seats shrink, and as the pandemic lingers, it’s increasingly clear that the conventional wisdom is totally wrong.
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