While millions desperately pray for a return to normalcy amid the global pandemic, we’re slowly learning the world might never be the same as we move forward.
For example, all of the major airlines will require passengers to wear a face mask in order to mitigate lawsuits.
But despite that, new polls reveal a crazy statistic about what travelers will do when America fully reopens again.
As Proud American Traveler reports:
American, United, Delta, and JetBlue are among the many airlines who will refuse service to passengers if they don’t wear a face mask throughout their flight. Yes, even if you’re not infected, it will still be mandatory.
But this isn’t really about the airlines care for its passengers, rather than it is to avoid any lawsuits.
The airlines’ insurance companies will demand certain mandatory precautions in order to be insured.
And it won’t just be the airline industry. Hotels, casinos, restaurants, clubs, bars, and a litany of businesses will be forced to adopt the same protocols.
Everything will change
But that’s not stopping some Americans.
The wanderlust is alive and well, despite global concerns over the coronavirus.
Filmmaker Ami Horowitz has already booked five roundtrip tickets now that the reopening of America is underway.
Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Okay, but that’s just one person.”
Nope. Apparently many Americans are eager to book trips right now – global pandemic or not.
In a nationwide poll conducted by Piplsay, 46-percent of 30,787 Americans polled claim they will travel immediately once the lockdown is lifted. About 19-percent will wait two to six months, and another 18-percent aren’t planning to travel at all.
When you take the 46-percent who will book immediately and the 19-percent who will wait a couple months – that’s 65-percent of Americans ready to get out there and travel again.
The travel industry needs that economic injection ASAP
Of the soon-to-be travelers, 52-percent will be planning domestic trips, while only 10-percent will travel abroad.
A chunk of the respondents, 42-percent, will reconnect with family after stay-at-home orders are lifted. 40-percent will hit the road for leisure and only 8-percent will be work-related travel.
More than half, 53-percent, also say they have trust in the travel and hospitality industries moving forward – which is a good sign that the paranoia of contracting the coronavirus isn’t overwhelming most travelers.
In another survey from Global Rescue – a travel risk and crisis response provider institution –they discovered that frequent travelers “are willing to take several measures many would have once found objectionable,” including sharing itineraries and even disclosing personal medical data.
Again, everything will change.
But nevertheless, this is reassuring. It’s a good sign that the travel industry will recover amid these trying times.
And people need to travel for their mental health.
With the global pandemic forcing cabin fever onto millions with these stay-at-home orders, it’s fantastic to hear so many are ready to travel once the coronavirus is contained – and perhaps even before that.