On May 23, a couple of days after it was announced that domestic flights would resume from May 25, the good looking Himansh Kohli booked himself two tickets on one of the first Mumbai-Delhi flights. He wanted to go home ever since the lockdown was announced, but he could not. He planned to travel via Road but he wasn’t sure about the situation on the Highway. But then he read that domestic flights were set to resume, and as soon as he got a notification that bookings were open, he booked his tickets.
But his travel plans were uncertain till he actually boarded the flight since the Maharashtra government was still mulling over whether to allow air travel. With the rules at the airport quite strict, the actor says this travel experience was quite different.
“We were asked to follow social distancing while queuing up at the airport’s gate. They checked our temperature and verified our ID. We had to show our printed boarding pass and get luggage tags from home. They also asked us to show the ‘safe’ certificate on the Aarogya Setu app. Some passengers also got medical certificates from their doctor,” says Himansh, adding, “The airport itself was quite empty. People were wearing masks and gloves and carrying sanitisers with them. Since it was the first day of flights resuming, people looked a little scared.”