Travelling with children in times of COVID19

The corona pandemic has dominated events around the world since the beginning of 2020. In most of the world's industrialized countries, the majority of the population has now been successfully vaccinated against the virus. However, this mostly only applies to adults.

There is currently no approved vaccine for children under the age of 12 and vaccination for children and adolescents from 12 to 17 years has only been possible since July 2021. The Federal Vaccination Commission has been recommending vaccination for all children and adolescents aged 12 and over since August 16, 2021, and not only if they have pre-existing illnesses. Although the risk of a dangerous course of infection in children is relatively low, it cannot be ruled out. Children under the age of 12 are exposed to this almost completely defenseless.

Many children and adolescents under the age of 18 are not yet vaccinated because they can only be vaccinated when they are 12 years old. For them, a trip in an airliner is a particular source of infection. Modern airliners take 300 and more passengers today and thousands of people can be found at the large airports at the same time. Even if appropriate countermeasures such as the obligation to test or air filter systems exist, the risk of infection at airports remains high, especially since the appearance of the delta variant of the coronavirus. This virus mutation is mainly characterized by the fact that it spreads faster and is more contagious than the original virus.

At practically all airports, visitors can also enter the reception and handling terminals untested and untested. Taking a random fever is of little help. For families with children, such a flight can mean the direct path of the offspring to a corona infection, whereby it should not be forgotten that with certain previous illnesses the risk of a dangerous course of infection also increases significantly in children.

Sometimes parents don't even know about their child's existing illness. After all, 12 diseases are listed, from obesity to congenital cyanotic heart defects, which significantly increase the risk of a severe course from the coronavirus, even in children. But how can the risk be reduced without having to forego the long-awaited holiday trip for the children?
Why not take the flight in a comfortable private jet instead of a full scheduled flight?

It's not as absurd as it sounds to most parents, although of course many initially focus on the question of costs. The advantages for children and of course the adults accompanying them are largely obvious: With regard to an infection by the coronavirus, the risk of handling and during the flight is significantly reduced. Private jets are handled at separate terminals, mostly even in their own buildings on the airport premises.

A private jet can also take off or land at any airport, far from the hustle and bustle of major international airports and often closer to home. There is no crowd at the check-in or at the security desk, in short: the family remains largely to themselves and only comes into contact with the flight crew and the necessary airport employees.

Of course, it should not be forgotten that the comfort in a private jet for children and adults is far above the standard of a scheduled plane. Since private jets take off independently of an airline's flight schedule, you can also save a lot of time when traveling by air.

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