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May 26 2020 Tips for Safer Essential Air Travel BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

While restrictions are currently lifting around the country, many would-be travelers are opting to stay close to home, to minimize risk and spread during the coronavirus pandemic. However, some air travel is unavoidable due to extenuating circumstances, such as the needs of one’s extended family, or work-related obligations. Here’s how to mitigate risk and stay as safe as possible when travelling by air during the pandemic.

To protect yourself and others, continue the same practices you’ve been advised to follow while grocery shopping or attending to other essential business.

The good news is that most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. Most aircraft used by U.S. airlines use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems. "This type of air filter can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. "Particles that are larger or smaller are trapped with even higher efficiency."

However, you do want to be wary of respiratory droplets on surfaces. Masks can protect you from spraying your fellow passengers with droplets if you cough or sneeze and can also protect your mouth and nose from the droplets of others. All major U.S. airlines, including American, Delta, and United airlines, now require employees and passengers to wear face coverings during flights except when eating or drinking. Be sure your hands are clean when putting the mask on and taking it off, and always wash or sanitize your hands after removing your mask.

You should continue to wash or sanitize your hands frequently as well, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating. Bring hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

While many planes currently have fewer passengers than usual, social distancing could be difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Try to maintain a distance of two rows from your fellow passengers whenever possible. You can also reach up and turn on the adjustable air duct above your head, known as a gasper. Turn it to a medium flow and angling it so the air current is directed slightly in front of your face. By turning the gasper on, you might be able to add some turbulence to the air in your space. Modeling studies have shown that opening the gasper for additional air flow creates some extra turbulence in your personal air space and that might create enough turbulence where particles from other passengers are unlikely to land on your mask or on your arm.

We understand that some air travel is essential and we’re proud to continue to make air travel from Springfield easily accessible to those who need it. We look forward to a time where air travel for leisure is safe again and the Springfield-Branson National Airport can continue to serve as your connection to the world.

 


May 20 2020 Travelling the World via Local Takeout BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

Staying close to home can be tough for people and families with adventurous spirits. While it’s a good decision to protect our community, there’s no denying that it can feel somewhat stifling. Fulfill your taste for adventure during quarantine by exploring the world- via Springfield’s own selection of a variety of cuisines from all kinds of cultures. 

Craving Latin American cuisine? Not only does Springfield boast several wonderful Mexican restaurants, we’re also home to establishments offering Brazilian, Jamaican, and Peruvian style fare. For fantastic Mexican meals, visit Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina, or Maria’s Mexican Restaurant. For Brazilian, visit ReRico Brazilian Grill and enjoy the experience of having your meal prepared right at your table, or order ahead and take your meal home. Jamaican Patty Company offers spiced meats and vegetables wrapped in flaky crust, jerk wings, and even specialty drinks and groceries from Jamaica, ready to go home with you. If Peruvian appeals to you, be sure to visit Café Cusco on Commercial Street to pick up ceviche, fried yucca, arroz con pollo and decadent desserts like their apricot tres leches. Café Cusco even offers a full vegan menu as well.

More in the mood for Asian fare? Springfield is well-known for the Leong family’s famous original cashew chicken, only available at Leong’s Asian Diner. If you’d prefer to take home sushi for dinner, you’re in luck. Springfield boasts several Japanese sushi bars, including Fuji, Hinode, and Nakato. Families craving Thai food will find an abundance of options at Thai Express on Glenstone, and they even have a drive through for orders on the go. If Indian food sounds more appealing tonight, pick up some tikka masala or palak paneer from Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant. 

If European dishes are among your favorites, our local restaurants won’t disappoint. Dutch-loving foodies will find an abundance of delicious dishes available via VanGogh’s Eeterie, including traditional favorites like pannekoeks, Dutch meatballs, stroopwafels & appletart, along with several gluten-free and vegan options. Those with a taste for the flavors of the Mediterranean should order from That Lebanese Place, a food-truck-turned-restaurant featuring dishes like beef shawarma, kebab skewers and batata harra. British pasties can be ordered for delivery or pickup at London Calling, in the St Louis Street Food Truck Park and Battlefield Mall. Finally, if you’re craving classic Italian pasta, Archie’s Italian Eatery and Bambino’s Café are both awesome locally owned options. 

To explore all your options for locally owned dining in Springfield, check out a more comprehensive list here. Make sure to call ahead and find out if and how coronavirus precautions have affected hours, prices, or availability. 

When you’ve had your fill of our globally inspired local fare, and it’s once again safe to fly out and experience cultures and cuisines all over the world, the Springfield-Branson National Airport will be here to help you connect to the world.

 

 


May 12 2020 Cancelling Your Air Travel Plans BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, air travel has become inadvisable for the near future. If you planned on travelling via the Springfield-Branson National Airport or any of the airlines we work with during the month of May or early summer 2020 and are now looking to cancel or reschedule your plans, we have some advice for you.

 

 

To cancel or reschedule your flight, you’ll need to contact the airline, credit card company, traditional travel agency, or online booking service you purchased tickets through.
If you used airline miles to purchase a flight, go directly to the airline you booked with for flight cancellation information. You’ll also have the best luck reaching out to the airline, rather than your issuer, to cancel and collect reimbursement for a flight booked with your credit card.
However, if you purchased your ticket with credit card rewards, you’ll want to contact the card company. It’s not ideal, but whether or not your credit card rewards are refunded can vary based on your issuer’s guidelines and the COVID-19 cancellation policy of your airline. If you booked with points or miles, you should get those back (not a dollar equivalent, but the actual points or miles), most likely with a waived redepositing fee.
If you booked through a traditional travel agency or an online booking service (such as Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, or Priceline), you’ll need to get in touch with them. They have different working relationships with all the suppliers on their sites, which can complicate things a bit. But the bottom line is: The airline’s policy will be the policy that customers of Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity will have to work with. As for hotels, they’ve always been pretty flexible when it comes to changing and canceling reservations, but in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, they are being even more so.

 

To avoid phone lines, see if your airline or travel agency allows you to cancel or modify a booking yourself on their website. Full policies for the airlines operating out of Springfield-Branson National Airport can be found here: Allegiant | American | Delta | United

 

The good news is that there is very little risk in making new travel plans for the later part of 2020 and early part of 2021. If your trip is scheduled for early summer or later on in the year, you can hold off on cancelling; if necessary, these policies will be extended. Hopefully it won’t be necessary! While no one can predict the future, travelers can plan with the knowledge that there will be plenty of flexible options while the world navigates this pandemic together.