SURVIVING COVID-19: FIVE WEIRD BUT EFFECTIVE CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF TRAVEL

No doubt, it’s been a tough few months for the travel industry because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As travel businesses tackle its horrific effect on their finances, it seems likely that a few companies are looking at a spike in profits even in this new era.

With virtual communication on the rise, Zoom is currently recording a huge jump in active subscribers. In fact, a shocking 200 million users signed up in March alone; in the world of motion pictures, movies like Living in Bondage are now opening big on Netflix; and it’s no secret that rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine broke the Instagram Live record for most views with over two million spectators. Whoa!

At the moment, more people around the world are communicating, transacting deals and following favourite football clubs from the comfort of their homes.

But get this; travel too has evolved since the occurrence of internet connectivity and as you know, travelling definitely makes community transmission possible. So, it’s no wonder that travel operators with public interest have worked on inventive techniques to keep the spread of Covid-19 at bay.

Without further ado, let’s discover five weird but effective changes in the world of travel.

#1. Wait, What?! You Mean They Cut The Numbers?

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Beginning our journey in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital and for further clarity, I also spoke about this on a previous writeup, transport workers are advised to slash their current passenger numbers. So now it’s either a sixty or fifty percent capacity.

After the lockdown restrictions when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the Covid-19 transport guidelines, Lagos owned services like LAGFERRY and LBSL were the first to comply with the new order.

On BRTs, boats and other large capacity vehicles, passengers observe alternate seating positions, that is, they sit in such a way that the seat ahead, behind and on the side are kept empty.

Now several weeks after, the level of compliance has been on the low with security operatives collecting cutbacks and drivers refusing to follow instructions.

#2. Hey Mr, What’s This Screen For?

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Also in the same time of lockdown relaxations, Keke Napep (tricycles) in Lagos have been spotted with a transparent and protective shield.

According to TVS Nigeria on Twitter, “the Simba Safety Shield is a transparent curtain that evenly divides the back seat from the front seat. It ensures that the passengers sit apart at all times and restricts air flow.”

Even if I say so myself, this screen has got to be one of the most creative and safest ways to mitigate Coronavirus infections while in transit in Nigeria if not Africa and the rest of the world!

Since its popularity, passengers and Keke Napep riders have applauded the new TVS initiative.

#3. Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Stay In A Box?

Pretend you’re in a first class cabin but without the aesthetics, entertainment or air hostess coming to check on you from time to time. That’s exactly how it feels like to travel in one of these buses from Asia.

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Umm… methinks Roddy Ricch ‘The Box.’

I can only imagine that designers of the cubicles would need basic and precise information on the vehicle dimensions and spatial requirements.

With these special containers, authorities can evidently limit the rate of transmission of this Covid-19 virus.

The cubicles are installed on high or medium capacity buses, I mean maybe thirty passengers and above and they’re also cleaned regularly.

Do you think airlines can adopt this practice?

#4. Ha! So You Now Specialise In Cargo Transport?

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That’s right! This pandemic’s got stakeholders in the air business looking for opportunities to stay afloat and none other seems more viable than transporting cargo.

Although airline operators around the world can expect to gradually bounce back as countries ease restrictions, air carriers started carrying cargo in the cabin of their passenger aircrafts as soon as Covid-19 hit.

Understandably, it takes engineers thirty hours or more to reconfigure and unload the seats on a regular passenger airplane. And cargo ranges from sanitation and medical supplies, thermometers, PPEs (personal protective equipment), Covid-19 test kits, sterilisation vehicles and just the regular stuff.

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Airlines that jumped on the cargo trend include Air France, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Delta, British Airways, SWISS and KLM to mention a few.

#5. Excuse Me Madam Air Hostess, But Why Are These Seats Empty?

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Over the past few months, a number of airline operators with larger aircraft like the Boeing 777 and 787 have discouraged passengers from occupying their middle seats.

Though an applicable approach to curbing transmission rates, its inconsistencies may make this measure counterproductive.

For instance, one of my blogger friends, Nick recently flew from Jamaica to New York. On the first leg of the flight, physical distancing was ignored but on the connecting flight from Florida to New York, the airline – JetBlue blocked off the middle seats and he eventually had to pay double.

Conclusion

Evidently, the travel industry has been at work with mitigating the world’s greatest fear of the moment.

So, a little recap of effective changes in the world of travel.

  1. 60% Passenger Capacity On Public Transport
  2. Protective Screens On Tricycles
  3. Passenger Cubicles On Public Buses
  4. Airlines Are Focusing On Cargo Transport
  5. Empty Middle Seats On Airplanes

In the coming weeks, many more inventive techniques will see the light of day and I will be more than prepared to discuss em.

Over To You!

As always my friend, this isn’t a one-man-show and I’ll like to hear your point of view on this topic.

What method do you think is the most reliable? Has public transit recently changed in your community? Are there new developments in the world of travel that I haven’t spoken of?

Kindly let me know in the comments below as I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

And remember, always maintain social distancing.

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Arrivederci.


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25 thoughts on “SURVIVING COVID-19: FIVE WEIRD BUT EFFECTIVE CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF TRAVEL

  1. so. some interesting ideas here for sure, but then, the question will be asked – is it economically viable? here they are saying they just wont fly internationally until its all under control, and they are talking 12-18 months. domestically they will have deep cleans and all that jazz, but as for running at 60% capacity they may be doing that initially but the CEO of Qantas is saying it’s just not possible to run the airline when you can’t fill a plane. it will be interesting to see how it pans out here, I guess Qantas doesnt receive the financial backing from government that say an airline like say Air France does.

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    1. It’s true that some airlines are basically getting stronger backing from the government to make operating at lower capacity somewhat feasible but even if there’s no support, many operators will not take the risk of allowing Covid-19 spread onboard flights. And I respect em!
      Twelve to eighteen months is a very long time, and I hope they can reduce the duration. Better still, I hope Coronavirus goes away!

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      1. yes it’s actually a worry to me about our airlines because they are taking bigger risks. I know that their will be temp checks and the like at the airport, but on the other hand they are trying to get people flying and offering cheap domestic fares. And then they had to cancel a lot of flights here because in Melbourne we have just had a bad second outbreak. the rest of the country is fine but here we are getting over 100 a day new cases at the moment which is a real worry. mostly north and west of the city, luckily i am south east but i can see a full lockdown returning. and three weeks ago we barely had any new cases including 2 days of no new cases. i too hope it goes away!

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      2. Sorry about the possible lockdown Andy. I too, hope this goes away like soon soon. In Nigeria, we’re averaging at least 500 cases per day and it’s sickening. Airlines are resuming operations this week and thing is ticket fees will go up our Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika says.
        About social distancing, I can’t say if or if not we’ll observe it inflight but again, I hope we do.

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  3. The way we travel will change with time and will be an overwhelming experience for sure considering the fear of virus coz you never know what will happen and when. Although travel industry is trying different methods for safety of people and revival of the industry, I am not sure people will travel for sometime unless necessary. Even though in West many people have commenced travel, I am sure the means travel would mostly be personal mode of transport and to nearby places.

    I also suggest the same once world opens for travel, please travel domestic, to nearby places and in personal vehicles for as long as possible at least till we get rid of covid situation completely.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your sincerest thoughts Stuti! I also think that domestic travel is the safest option for travellers now. It’s way risky to be going across borders now because of this ravaging virus. And I sure do hope a cure comes soon.

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