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How Airports Will Change After Coronavirus, According to Experts

Brace yourself for major airport changes in a post-coronavirus world.

Even before COVID-19 cratered air travel, the airport experience usually left something to be desired. Travelers had to contend with smudge-screened check-in kiosks, snaking security lines, crowded terminals, overpriced retail and dining outlets, and a frenzied boarding procedure — all before they even set foot on an airplane. Due to new health concerns, traveling to, from, or through airports is about to get a lot more stressful — that is, if people begin traveling in large numbers anytime soon.

The U.S. Travel Association recently released new sanitation and hygiene guidelines for airlines, hotels, and other operators to help keep “travel in the new normal” safe. But to get a sense of how the airport experience specifically will evolve, we talked to experts and officials about the changes in store for travelers. Here’s what you might see the next time you take to the skies.

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