Social distancing is an important part of your journey.
But if you’re stuck on the plane and don’t want to miss out on your friends, colleagues and family, there’s a way to keep yourself out of trouble.
The key is to take the time to do something different, say experts.
The key to staying out of the way is to do a social distance on your flight.
This means leaving a door unlocked or a window wide open to let in more air.
Dr Michael Hutton, a psychologist and lecturer at the University of Sydney, said social distances are not just for people who have a fear of flying, but anyone who feels claustrophobic or who has a difficult time keeping their head above the seat.
“If you feel claustrophic, you are more likely to feel anxious when you sit in the plane,” Dr Hutton said.
In his research, Dr Haughton found that people who had been on a flight before and were still anxious when they boarded were more likely than those who had not been on the flight to report feeling uncomfortable.
He said social isolation was also a common factor for anxious people who are struggling with depression or anxiety disorders.
While social distanced is an essential part of getting around on planes, the reality is it’s much more complicated than just going out to lunch with your friends.
Instead, social distancers need to take their flight time seriously.
“Social distancing should not be thought of as a one-off thing,” Dr Jaffray said.
“The more you do it, the more it is part of the journey.”
The Australian Social Distancing Guidelines are designed to help people who want to avoid social distinctions while on a long-haul flight.
They advise people to: keep a door open or window wide for air