Air Travel Update 8/10/2020

Some recent items of interest for airline travelers:

  • Due to an increase in flights, Southwest Airlines will no longer disinfect armrests and seats belts between flights. However, the carrier will continue to follow its COVID19 cleaning protocol by disinfecting tray tables and lavatories between flights. Southwest says the change is necessary as there is now be less gate time between flights beginning in August. Middle seats will continue to be blocked to assure social distancing on all flights through October.
  • The U.S. State Department has lifted its “Do Not Travel” Level 4 warning for international travel. The highest level warning was put into place as the COVID19 coronavirus rapidly spread around the world. Lower level advisories (Levels 1, 2 and 3) remain in effect which advise travelers to follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance when considering overseas trips. Many countries including the full European Union, the UK and Canada, still forbid arrivals of U.S. originating passengers. Click on the highlighted area above for the latest guidelines.
  • JetBlue has committed to blocking middle seats on flights with three-across seating through at least October 15. While JetBlue has temporarily ceased service on its MSP-Boston route due to COVID19, flight services are still offered on many attractive cross-country and Northeast corridor routes.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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