You’re probably not interested in taking part in “fun” travel right now. Or maybe you’re interested, but know you shouldn’t. But there’s also those of us that have somewhere they have to be, therefore making air travel necessary. A time to put the travel credit card to use I guess. If this is you, and you’re curious about what airports are even looking like these days, here’s an inside look on what it’s like flying Southwest Airlines right now.

The Airport Terminals

The Chicago-Midway airport is normally not overcrowded especially compared to the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. So during a pandemic I was rather surprised by the amount of people crowding at certain gates.

chicago-midway airport concourse

As for my particular gate, there weren’t that many of us. Only 28 to be exact. So I’m thinking certain airlines and destinations may have more passengers than others. Everyone at the gate wore a face covering and did their best to leave 2 or more seats in between one another.

chicago-midway airport B gate

Boarding the Plane

This part was interesting. While there is news of Frontier beginning temperature screenings in June, Southwest hasn’t implemented such measures yet. However, the CEO does claim the airline is not allowing flights to be booked to capacity. And all passengers and staff are required to wear face coverings while on the flight. Plus, unlike other airlines, all middle seats will be left open through at least October 31st.

southwest airplane with few passengers

As for the boarding process, passengers are called up by their boarding position. Only 10 passengers can line up and enter the jet bridge at a time. When boarding the plane, since Southwest has an open seating policy, you may sit anywhere after the first three rows of the aircraft. While some people are still concerned about being as close to the front as possible, staff encourages everyone spread out about the plane as much as possible.

flying on southwest and passengers having their own row

The Flight

All food and beverage service is suspended on the airline for the time being. So you honestly don’t see very much of the flight attendants after the safety briefing. There were only 28 of us on a plane that seats over 100 people, so we each had our own row. This made the flight more comfortable than normal for sure.

If you’re going to fly, be sure to check out the CDC for the most up to date recommendations for essential travel to ensure safety for yourself and those around you.

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John Smith
John Smith

Me thins more ppl are flying again.

Felicia Washington Baker
Felicia Washington Baker

I was very scared and super nervous 2 days prior to my flight, so much so until I had a rental on standby. I call SWA and told the rep how nervous I was. She assured me that the flight would not be filled to capacity. I arrived still nervous but that went away when I saw that there was a seat between each passenger. Thanks SWA for keeping your word and making me feel safe!


I was flying SW all throughout the coronavirus scare/8 times a month. What’s really interesting was up until approx. 3 weeks ago, no SW personnel on board the planes wore any masks and/or anti china disease PPE/stews and pilots… however, suddenly they’ve taken a very militaristic approach to this policy, which is ironic when you consider they went from nothing to preaching social distancing in a matter of days. All this while your seated 18 inches away from those ahead/behind and less then 20 inches away from the person in your row/ without an occupant in the center seat or… Read more »


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