Blocked middle seats. Boarding the plane from back to front. Masks everywhere.
So much about travel has changed in just the last few months as the world grapples with COVID-19. Yet of all the changes in flying today, one aspect of the travel experience stands out most: Airport lounges. Why? See for yourself.
Nothing hammers home just how much travel has changed quite like empty airport lounges. Whether you're at a Delta Sky Club or an American Express Centurion Lounge, these lounges are usually packed full of business travelers and frequent flyers. At some lounges, it could be hard to even find a seat.
But even as some travel has returned, corporate travelers are still staying home. So those exact same lounges now look and feel like ghost towns.
The eery emptiness isn't the only change you're likely to find during your next pre-flight stop at a lounge.
- Many lounges nationwide are still closed, including all American Express Centurion lounges, most Escape Lounges, and many airline lounges outside of their largest hubs.
- Beverage and especially food options have been drastically scaled back. Serve yourself buffet setups are gone. With few exceptions, it's all prepackaged foods like cereal, salads, sandwiches, and wraps now.
Want to see what the rest of the travel experience is like? Watch our video documenting two flights: One on American, and one on Delta.
Coronavirus case counts are sitll spiking across the country, and it’s unlikely this crisis will be under control any time in the near future. Yet the demand for travel is still growing. Traveling is a personal decision, and one you shouldn’t make lightly during a global pandemic. Beyond considering your health and the health of everyone around you, part of making an informed decision is considering what it’s actually like to travel during this pandemic.
We think it’s part of our jobs to show you.
This is just the latest video we’re putting together documenting the strange new travel experience. So be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for future videos diving into the differences between flying American Airlines and Delta, capturing the new normal in airline lounges, and more.
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