So you think you want to go somewhere that’s too far to drive and you might consider flying again? Here’s what I would do:
I would pick an airline that is blocking the middle seat or better yet, if you can afford it, fly first class.
I would have disinfectant wipes in my carry on. I would wear a mask and a shield. If you can, wear an N95 mask. It may be more slightly more protective. If you think wearing a shield makes you look too goofy, consider wearing some large glasses. I don’t worry about looking goofy. I have to wear a mask and shield every day when I go out to swab patients at curbside.
Use hand sanitizer after going through security.
I would use the restroom before boarding. Restrooms on the plane are for emergencies only in my book.
I would choose a window seat to minimize contact with those walking down the aisle.
When you get to your seat, I would wipe down the buckle and armrests with your sanitizing wipe and then use it to turn the air vent on high. You want maximum airflow to prevent any airborne viruses from settling around you. Forget about wiping the tray table. They’re not going to serve you anything. They will admonish you not to put the wipes in the seatback pocket. I never touch that anyway since it is a high touch surface.
You can purchase your own food and beverages to consume on the plane, but removing your mask and shield to do so is awkward and defeats the purpose of wearing them in the first place. If you bring bottled water, it may just make you need to use the airplane restroom. Don’t even think about bringing your own alcohol on the plane as that is illegal.
Now sit back and relax. Look out the window occasionally.
Once you get off the plane, remove you shield (you don’t have to, but most people want to). Store it away for your return flight and then get out your hand sanitizer and use it.
That’s my advice for air travel if you can’t catch a ride with someone who has their own plane. That would be even better!