Corona cooped us up for four months in our apartment
Leaving a distant memory of flying and appreciating what “to depart” meant.
Last minute decision to book a trip to reset mentally
And see what a flying rebound could look like experimentally.
The airline bombarded us with information up to the day of the flight
And even forced us to print out forms without which we would sit tight.
Showed up at the airport with everyone maintaining social distance
Wearing masks, washing hands, rules being followed with consistence.
Boarding was surprisingly normal with passengers doing so at their choosing
Once on board everyone masked up, sitting quietly while we were cruising.
The flight was routine until landing, then it turned chaotic
At customs, all rules went out the door which seemed rather idiotic.
No distancing and minimal mask use at our destination
Lack of clarity on local guidelines only added to the frustration.
To now read of growing numbers of cases in some countries is not too surprising
Policies and procedures need to be monitored to identify those worth revising.
The airlines were consistent in their procedures between their stations
But the authorities need to better coordinate policies between nations.
Traveling and the change in perspective did exactly as intended
And made me yearn for the days when all restrictions on travel are suspended.