Flying in the covid era and beyond

So, thanks to John, I realized I need to write up a post about flying. Many guests have never flown. Many haven’t in a long while. No matter which you are in, you need to know about changes. They may be around for a very long time.

Masks are now a way of life, especially travelling. You will have to have a medical disposable or double layer cloth to even get past security. Be aware most neck gaiters do NOT meet the minimum requirement and they CAN turn you away. Your best option, for actually staying safe, is to take 1 disposable with you for every day of your trip. You need to dispose of it daily.

Masks are required 100% of the time you are traveling, unless you are actively eating or drinking. This does not mean to take a sip, wait 5 minutes maskless, take another and repeat. From the minute you step into the airport, until you are at your destination. Flights have been diverted, people have been refused boarding, people have been arrested. Honestly, it’s not that big of a deal to just keep it on.

A big helpful hint – put all your toiletries in ziplock 1qt bags, no more than 3 per bag. Have them on the top of your carry on, and pull them out when it’s time to go through TSA.

The most common questions are if something can fly, and if it needs to be in the carry on or the checked baggage. We all have the basics, no weapons in carry on, no liquids over 3 ounces, stuff like that.

In this post we will cover a few lesser known. Let’s start with a change holder. You all know the kind…. you push the coin into the little spring loaded holster. It WILL fly, but no matter which bag you need to be prepared to have it emptied, x-rayed, and possibly have the springs broken. Yet, change is good for smashed pennies……

A few other that may shock you –

No alcohol over 140 proof.
No electronic (rechargeable) lighters
No Poppers
Bullet shaped necklaces and keychains need to be in your checked bags
Bread machines, yes – Blenders , not unless the blade is in the checked items, wrapped and marked
Beauty products MUST be less than 3.4 ounces for carry on

To learn more about the oddities, check out

One thought on “Flying in the covid era and beyond

  1. Great article, Willow! I must confess I just borrowed some of your amazing writing here for my own magazine article (you’re credited, of course!) Here’s what I wrote (if you don’t want me to use this, say so; it isn’t published yet).

    My friend Willow is a Disney travel Guru! She has her own amazing blog called Travel-Ears ( that is good reading for anything Disney-travel related. She posted this really good information recently on her blog that is a must-read. I’ve rephrased it a bit to fit it into my article. Thanks, Willow!

    “A quick tip on carrying on beauty items when flying: beauty products MUST be less than 3.4 ounces for carry on. It’s also recommended that you put all your toiletries in ziplock one-quart bags, loading no more than three to a bag. Place these bags on the top of your carry on so they may be easily pulled out for innspection when it’s time to go through security.”


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