Before Boarding Your Flight, Take Note of These
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, airports have slowly started to see more travelers. It’s important to note, though, that there are guidelines that should be followed as a result of precautions to combat against COVID-19. If you’re planning to travel by plane from the Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) or Tucson International Airport (TUS), then you should take note of these guidelines before you board your flight.
*Metro Phoenix – Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Peoria, Avondale, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Arcadia, Uptown, Downtown, Ahwatukee *Tucson Area – Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Casas Adobes, Catalina Foothills, Flowing Wells, Midvale Park, Tanque Verde, Tortolita, and Vail.
Masks Are a Must
It’s important that those flying from the airport as the restrictions ease should always wear a mask. All employees and members of the public are required to wear masks while in the airport to prevent possible COVID-19 infection. The areas in the airport cover bus terminals, the rental car center, the PHX sky train, and airport buses.
For Tucson, anyone entering any of the terminals is required to wear at least a cloth face mask as recommended by health officials to help in preventing the spread of COVID-19, conforming to the measures of airlines requiring face masks aboard the flight. This applies to all facilities within the airport. All food concessions at the airport are also closed while a couple of retail stores in the terminal remain open.
Forgot Your Mask?
You can always purchase masks at Sky Harbor. Several stores carry masks that you can buy off them. There are exceptions to the requirement, however. Those who may be exempted are the following:
- Children two years of age or younger
- Any child age 12 years or less unless parents and caregivers supervise the use of face coverings, or any individual who has a physical disability that prevents easily wearing or removing a face covering
- Any individual who is hearing impaired and uses facial and mouth movements as part of communication, or it is necessary for communicating with an individual using facial and mouth movements to share information
- Individuals consuming food or beverages
- Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition
- When necessary for identification verification purposes
- When necessary for taking photographs for Aviation Credentialing/Security Badging purposes
Similarly, for Tucson International Airport, each airline has exemptions for children who cannot wear face masks.
What You Can Do As a Traveler
Aside from wearing a mask, you should practice physical distancing at all times.
It’s also important that you wash your hands frequently and use a mobile boarding pass. Before you travel, check your airline’s website for travel policies as well.
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