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Air travel is possible, but complicated and risky

The prospect of flying in the days of the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions leaves many question marks.

pg5Research is necessary before even a mundane trip can be contemplated, and horror stories abound, such as about the young visitors to Hawaii who in mid-May got in hot water (including bail set at $US2,000) for violating the state’s orders to self-quarantine for 14-days after arrival. Similarly, a man in London explained that, after hearing the Greek tourism sector was open, he bought a ticket to Athens, but was refused permission to board, because visiting his girlfriend was not deemed essential travel.

What about closer to home? Are shocks in store for people flying between Mexico and nearby countries? What restrictions and sanitary procedures do they face?

In early April, a 65-year-old traveler didn’t consider flying with her daughter from Michigan to Texas for a family emergency, but instead drove, after learning of the Texas governor’s quarantine for flyers arriving from Detroit and other Covid hotspots. (There was even self-quarantine, and highway inspections, for drivers coming into Texas from Louisiana.) For those of whom self-quarantine was required, the traveler said, sheriffs in Texas sometimes visited their residences, and gave them tickets if they were not home.

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