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Have you been wondering what happens when you fly domestically in South Africa? We had to and have the scoop on what to expect.


South Africa (15 October 2020) – Since interprovincial travel has been allowed, it was only a matter of time before we would need to climb on a plane to get to one of our local destinations.

The time finally came, and we thought it would be a wonderful article to share our experiences, so if you need to travel, you know what to expect.

In a time that is quite stressful, even as we all relax a little more, it is important to remain careful and respectful for those around you. Below are all the things we learned, flying post-lockdown.

Traveller Health Questionnaire

You need to fill in and print a questionnaire (which you can find here) which is handed into the Port Health Official. When we arrived at the airport, we had to hand in the form and get a temperature check.

You will also have to sanitise and have your temperature checked at every point where you interact with another person. So remember your hand cream!

The mask, oh the mask!

The idea of wearing a mask for two hours straight can be daunting, but it’s hardly a problem. To be honest, about 30 minutes into the flight you forget you are even wearing one.

Tip: Aim your air vent over your face for constant freshness, and you will be fine.

It’s all in the touch…

Due to all the regulations and trying to prevent touching anything, you will be told that the plane is a no-touch zone. Cabin crew won’t touch you or your tickets, they are not allowed to help you with your baggage, and they are not serving any food or beverages.

They have removed all magazines so if you rely on those for entertainment, take your own. Even when doing the usual oxygen mask and seatbelt buckling demos, the hosts stand while you listen to a voice over the speakers, they are not allowed to have any props.

Lastly, you are not allowed to place anything in the little section where the magazines are usually placed. The only thing in that compartment is the paper bag which should only be used if you need to be sick. When you disembark, you will have to take all your rubbish with you, that isn’t actually a rule, just a respect thing!

Tip: If you need snacks or beverages, you will need to purchase them from the kiosks at the airport before you board your plane.

Social Distancing

If you are expecting to have a gap between you and every stranger around you, think again! Our flight was full, and every seat was filled, so you will still be bumping elbows with your neighbour.

According to the airline we flew, they are filtering the cabin air every three minutes, but that means you have to wear your mask the entire time and avoid touching it.

If you are nervous about being that close to others, it would be best to wait out the pandemic and change your travel arrangements. If you are fine to travel, be sure to keep your hand sanitiser close by and not to touch anything, wherever possible.


It is no longer a free-for-all, first-up-first-out situation. You have to disembark two rows at a time, starting at the front and the back. You remain in your seat until the air hostess calls your row number.

Tip: If you are in a hurry, don’t book your seats for the middle of the plane.

Sources: Good Things Guy
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