Looking Forward to the Day When We Can Fly Again

I am used to living alone, far from family and relatives so I thought this home quarantine scenario will be easy. I was wrong. The feeling of loneliness and emptiness is worse compared to what I have experienced before when I was an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).

It’s been more than two months that I have not physically seen my family and friends. Instead of getting used to the situation, the feeling of emptiness is getting worse day by day. I can’t even explain how I feel every day that I am confined to my room, seeing no one but myself. All I can really think of is for this crisis to be over so we can get back to our normal lives again.

Just me… talking to myself! Hahaha

But, I know it’s a long way before we get to normal life again, so I am okay with the “new normal” for now as long as I am allowed to go out and see people. I really think that if we are all conscious and cautious of what we do and religiously follow the measures set by the government, our chances of getting the virus will be minimal.

Visiting the family

Once we’re in the “new normal”, I’ll definitely head home and spend time with the family. I know there are still risks but I’ll be more cautious while traveling. Once I get home, no hugs and I will still keep a safe distance especially with my senior parents. The most important thing is to see them.

Let’s admit it, seeing and talking to your family and friends online is different from seeing them face-to-face even if you are not able to touch them. The feeling of “togetherness” is deeper when you are physically with them. It is comforting and it is just what we need in times of uncertainty like what we are in right now.

Seeing Friends

As soon as things are getting back to normal and flights are available, I’d really love to see friends in Iloilo. Cebu Pacific has a direct flight to Iloilo from Davao so it will be easy to go there. My interaction with friends will still be limited because of the social distancing measures but being with them is going to be a breath of fresh air after a long travel hiatus.

A simple meal with friends through endless conversations is one of the things that I look forward to. I just need my sanity back and I know this will be the answer to the boredom I am currently facing. I can’t wait to be reunited with them again and share our house quarantine stories.

Looking forward to endless conversations over a bowl of La Paz Batchoy

I know most of us are still anxious to travel but Cebu Pacific has stepped up its safety measures for a contactless flight while we are in the “new normal” so we can feel safe.

Cebu Pacific’s Contactless Flights

The health and safety of the traveling public is a top priority when you fly with Cebu Pacific. The airline has adopted mechanisms to promote social distancing and minimize face-to-face contact between passengers and staff before and during the flight.

Cebu Pacific crew’s new normal when flight resumes. Photo credit to Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific assures passengers with an essential or immediate need to travel that the airline is more ready than ever to accompany them on a safe journey to destinations they need to be.

Before the Flight

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of self-check in kiosks, bag drop counters, and shuttle buses.
  • Provision of alcohol-based hand sanitizers at CEB passenger areas for passengers and staff.
  • Touchless scanning of boarding passes.

During the Flight

  • Rapid antibody testing for pilots and cabin crew before boarding their flight.
  • Mandatory wearing of facemasks for all passengers and crew.
  • Self-disposal of trash and waste at the end of the flight.
  • Physical distancing inflight will be observed as much as possible. Those who are traveling in groups such as families and couples will be seated together while those traveling alone will be spaced out.
  • Strictly no changing of seats during the flight for easy contact tracing.
  • Lavatories will be sanitized every 30 minutes.
  • Falling in line to use the lavatory will no longer be allowed. The passenger must wait in his or her seat while waiting for the indicator light to turn green or signal from the cabin crew before standing up to use the lavatory.

Cebu Pacific’s fleet of airbus jets is equipped with High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filters to block microscopic bacteria and virus clusters.

Let’s Travel Again Soon!

The most important aspect of travel in the new normal is to be mindful and cautious of your actions while traveling.

  • Keep safe distance. Strictly follow the social distancing measures.
  • Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear facemask properly at all times while traveling.

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