How Should Airlines Change, Post-Pandemic?

How Should Airlines Change, Post-Pandemic?
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We’re heading into another week of travel restrictions, lockdowns and searching out more creative ways to get comfortable with staying home around the clock. Yet as hard as it may be to believe, we will eventually return to something like normal life. We’ll eventually be getting on flights again, whether for work or for leisure. But what will flying look like in a post-pandemic world. Certainly we all know air travel has never been a seamless process, rife with frustrations and inefficiencies. So while the industry pauses, we’re asking ourselves—and you—how would we change it for the better?

Let’s think big: How would you create the ideal flying experience? What drives you crazy about flying, and what do you never want to deal with again?

What procedures should change? Who should board first? How long in between flights should airlines wait to board?

What’s are the worst parts of flying, and how can they be fixed? Is it the leg room issue? The terrible and expensive food selections? The spotty and overpriced WiFi?

How will can flying feel less bad for your health? Should airlines be required to full disinfect planes between flights? Can they offer healthier snacks? How about improving that stale cabin air with a drop of essential oils in the ventilation system?

Should airlines introduce more express flights and/or more options with fewer stopovers?

What specific practices has one airline adopted that should become the norm? Does one airlien offer something you’d love to see on another? Does one carrier have a boarding process that beats all the rest? What airline is giving a blueprint for all to follow?

What about airports? Will Border Force and customs need to take longer?

Leave your ideas in the comments below, and we’ll gather the best ones together for a subsequent story.

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  • A fantastic time to make needed changes to air travel. The recent decline in air travel we can conclude has helped global warming and pollution in a big way.

    Lets keep it going and ban joy fights until air travel does not involve “polluting as you go”. Same for cruise ships.

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