6 Pandemic Practices I Hope Remain Once We're Vaccinated

by Gary Leff on March 6, 2021 - View From The Wing

I've been a fan of Mr. Gary Leff and his thoughtful travel-related articles found in View From The Wing. This one rings clear and true for me, and I felt that it would be good to simply pass on the sentiment and some of the good advice in this blog post in Mr. Leff's words.

I’ve been working from home since 2014 and so the pandemic hasn’t changed my work life that much, except for reduced travel, and making it more convenient to communicate with others who are now themselves working from home. As the remote worker, I used to play second fiddle to those physically in the conference room. I was a voice on a phone, that couldn’t always hear everything that was going on and found it difficult to find the right moment to interject without seeing nonverbal cues, or I was a face on a screen. Now meetings are optimized for everyone to be remote. I think we overuse zoom when phone calls will do – not everything requires video – but everyone’s invested in overcoming technology hurdles that make my life easier.

I don’t mean to minimize the pandemic, it’s wreaked havoc on a lot of lives. I’ve been incredibly fortunate. I moved to Austin 7 years ago, gave up a downtown high rise for a house. That’s meant I’ve had a yard, and for the last year, I’ve been able to eat dinner most nights with my daughter.

As we get ready to go back to ‘normal’ life, as vaccinations proceed apace, there are some changes around travel that I hope persist.

I WILL CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS IN AIRPORTS AND ON PLANES DURING FLU SEASON. Masking and distancing didn’t eliminate the SARS-CoV-2 virus - it spreads too easily - but it sure seems to have suppressed the seasonal flu. I hated sniffling, sneezing seat opponents long before Covid-19, and the pandemic has made masking acceptable.

I hope TSA continues to allow large hand sanitizer. TSA permits “one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags” separate from your freedom baggie full of 3-ounce liquids. While we should declare victory in the War On Water and go home, to the extent that doesn’t happen the hand sanitizer exception has proven workable throughout the last year.