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Emirates A380s to return to London Gatwick in December for flights to Dubai

1. Invest in a comfortable face covering

Emirates aircraft are equipped with Hepa cabin air filters that remove 99.97 percent of viruses. However, you may want to invest in a high-quality, comfortable face cover as you will be asked to wear it on the go. A mask with at least two layers of fabric is recommended to help protect yourself and others, while some also come with interchangeable filters. Quality fabrics that feel good on your skin with high breathability, such as pure cotton, merino wool, or microfiber, will help filter out particles and also ensure comfort.

2. Fight nerves with your hand luggage

If it has been a long time since your last international flight, one of the easiest ways to feel more at ease is knowing that you have prepared for all eventualities. Carry your passport and other printed travel documents / vaccination certificates in a secure bag and take them out only when necessary, replacing them immediately. Also be sure to bring hand cream, lip balm, an eye mask (if you’re hoping to sleep), headphones, a toothbrush if you’re traveling overnight, and a spare shirt in case of unexpected mishaps.

3. make your trip easier with technology

Emirates cabin crew have revealed post-closing flight tips, including wearing merino wool and focusing on the joy of reuniting with family if you're a nervous traveler.

Emirates cabin crew have revealed post-closing flight tips, including wearing merino wool and focusing on the joy of reuniting with family if you’re a nervous traveler.

Each country has different entry requirements, so be sure to check in advance and allow more time at the airport than would have passed before the pandemic. Emirates was the first airline to implement the IATA application across its network (info here), and many destinations allow the storage and presentation of entry documentation through applications or QR codes. Please note that some countries require passenger location forms to be completed up to 48 hours in advance and QR codes to be presented at check-in.

4. Media magic

Did you fill out Netflix about the crash? Check to see if your airline has a playlist feature that allows you to browse inflight entertainment and queue content before your trip. Focus on how enjoyable the journey can be by browsing the latest and greatest content, along with your old favorites. Emirates has more than 4,500 channels on its ‘ice’ system, and you can now watch shows from the US streaming service, HBO Max. Enjoy must-sees like Friends: The Reunion for the first time on a flight, as well as Emmy Award-winning Mare of Easttown, A Black Lady Sketch Show, and more. Alternatively, enjoy a few moments of calm with the meditation services on board.

5. Fight jet lag

Try to avoid excess caffeine and alcohol both in the days leading up to your trip and while on board, as this can interfere with restoring your circadian rhythms. It’s a great idea to set your watch to the time of your destination, and most airlines will dim the lights / manage the cabin ambience in a way that helps with the transition of the body. When flying long distances, drinking plenty of water is vital as air circulation can dry out your skin, the altitude makes you crave salty snacks (leading to dehydration), and dehydration exacerbates the feeling of jet lag!

6. Focus on why

Still feeling insecure? Sometimes it helps to focus on where you are going and why. Think of the faces of the members of your family that you hope so much to embrace. Imagine the feeling of the sun on your skin. Save a destination guide to read on board, and spend some time planning all the exciting things you’ll do, the places you’ll visit, the food you’ll eat, and the cultural experiences that will make you better, happier, and more relaxed.

For more information, see the Emirates Covid 19 Security Center, which contains helpful videos and an explanation of the airline’s policies and procedures to ensure passenger safety.