It had been 243 days since we stepped on an international flight. 8 whole months since we had felt the butterflies of boarding and the anticipatory excitement of travel. With the lack of information and the omnipresent undercurrent of anxiety, we didn’t feel comfortable flying for a very long time. However, with new safety protocols put into place, we decided to travel to a country with one of the strict COVID entry guidelines in the world – and one of the few places allowing Americans to visit in 2020: French Polynesia. Just as we put a seatbelt on to drive our car, we put a mask on when we board the plane. With all of these items in mind, we considered flying during COVID (specifically this flight) to be a responsible risk.
Flying during COVID is not the same as it was in 2019, but neither is the world. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised with the precautions that United Airlines implemented to keep every single passenger safe. United Airlines rolled out CleanPlus, their safety and cleaning initiative with the following protocols: