After being stuck in the house with your stir-crazy kids for months, you might be desperate to salvage what’s left of summer by getting the heck out of your house — and not just for a quick Target run. If you're dreaming of sitting on a beach somewhere relaxing or being with relatives you’ve missed during this tough time, you're definitely not alone. But how will you get there? (Assuming the state you're heading to isn't quarantining visitors from your state, that is.) Is it safe to fly with kids yet?
This summer, parents are looking to get out of Dodge — and fast. That might explain why airlines such as American, United, and Delta are all adding extra flights to their summertime schedules, the New York Times reported. But just because you and your family can fly doesn't mean you should. “At this moment in time, it is not safe for anyone to be traveling on a plane, unless there is a real necessity,” Dr. Giuseppe Aragona, M.D., a family medicine physician, tells Romper. “There are restrictions on flights currently to allow for less passengers per journey, and for less people to be in the airport. I would avoid it completely, for safety.”
You've probably heard people saying that kids rarely contract or spread COVID-19, but medical experts are skeptical. “Kids seem to be less likely to get it and pass it, but I am not comfortable saying that with great certainty,” Dr. Robert A. Saul, M.D., FAAP, FACMG, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, tells Romper. “I personally would not recommend it unless it was absolutely necessary (like a family emergency).”
If air travel is in fact "absolutely necessary" for your kids, here's how to make your trip as safe as possible.