There have been so many changes happening in the world of travel ever since the pandemic started to increase in early 2020. We literally went from airports being empty where you could hear a pin drop to people slowly starting to feel more comfortable traveling. I remember heading to Nicaragua in March of 2020 and debating going up until the time I got to the airport if I should go because I know that airports were empty and it made me feel very uncomfortable.
Change is inevitable and a lot of people have opted to not do any kind of air travel until the pandemic is completely over in fear they may possibly catch the virus and spread it to loved ones. There is no wrong or right answer on how to approach travel during this time as long as both options include you being responsible and considerate towards other people.
The travel world has been shocked with some major travel changes over the past 12 months and here are the some of the most shocking travel changes/rules that have occurred in the past year:
Jet Blue Charges For Overhead Bin Space
Jet Blue recently announced that if you have purchased a ticket from them after the date of February 25, 2021 and the ticket is for a travel date of July 20, 2020 or after then a new rule applies. The economy ticket called “Blue Basic Fare” will no longer have access to overhead bins. You are only allowed to utilize the seat underneath you to store any of your belongings. In order to have access to the overhead bin space you would need to purchase a higher ticket through jet blue called Blue, Blue Extra, and Mint
Delta Removes Change Fees
In the summer of 2020 Delta decided to permanently drop change fees for all international flights leaving North America. The exemption to this new change are the basic economy tickets and flights originating in international destinations coming to the U.S.
I love this and I think more airlines should follow suit. Life is so unpredictable that changes can occur with customers and as a result they need to change their ticket times or dates. Having to dish out more money will just make customers upset and seek other airlines.
Airlines Temporarily Ban Guns in Checked Baggage
After the raid on the U.S Capital on January 6th where a mob of supporters of Donald Trump vandalized the building there were a lot of safety concerns for the inauguration day for Joe Biden. There was so much concern about the inauguration being rioted and places having to be on lockdown that major airlines decided to ban guns being checked in on flights to the Washington, D.C area airports that was put into effect until January 23rd. Delta and American also agreed to provide more security as well.
More changes are coming, i'm sure, as things are constantly changing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It's important to know what these rules are pertaining to travel so you're not surprised when you get to the airport and try to proceed with your trip.
What do you think of these 3 travel changes? Comment below and let me know!