What You Need to Know about Flying
Ensuring the health and safety of the traveling public and airport workers is always our top priority. At Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, we are responding to the changing needs and are ready for your next journey.
The airport’s plan #ICTReadytoFly, is based on recommendations from the CDC and other health experts and designed to keep people safely distanced and protected from the spread of COVID-19.
We understand that some of you are anxious to travel again, and some of you are hesitant. We want to assure you that it’s cleaner, healthier and safer than ever to fly. When you are ready to travel, we are ready for you. Here is what you need to know.
- Wear a face mask while in the terminal and onboard your plane.
- Maintain a 6 ft. distance from others.
- Do not travel if you have a fever or not feeling well.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
You should allow enough time to check-in, complete a health assessment if your airline requires one, and get screened. Check-in 24 hours prior to your departure. Pack your bags with the intention to expedite your trip through the airport. TSA allows 12 oz. hand sanitizer in your carry-on bags. Pack snack items in a Ziploc bag inside your carry-on as you will need to place them in the bin for screening. Snacks and beverage service on your flight are limited.
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED
Federal Law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on the Airport; failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Refusal to wear a mask in and on the Airport could result in penalties under Federal Law. You may also risk being on the airline’s do not fly list.
Refer to the CDC’s Interim Guidance on face coverings.
Visit this CDC website to see what is acceptable and how to make your own face covering.
PARKING AT THE AIRPORT
The Park & Ride shuttle lot is open on the south side of the lot only. There is no cashier at this lot. The shuttle begins operating at 4:00 a.m.
ICT’s enhanced cleaning processes include electrostatic spraying, effective against many microorganisms dealt with on a daily basis. Cutting-edge disinfection products are used on high touch areas like seating, handrails, elevator buttons, escalators, restroom doors, ticketing kiosks and shuttle buses. Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the terminal. Plastic protective shields are installed at key high traffic areas with face-to-face customer interaction, including ticket counters, TSA checkpoint, boarding gates, information desk, and concession point-of-sale counters. Social distancing and health messaging have been placed on all terminal advertising monitor screens, along with periodic public address system announcements.
ICT has reduced its operational footprint and lowered overhead costs for cleaning and maintenance by closing the restrooms on the north end of the concourse and the Kids Play Area. Escalators are shut down at night for thorough cleaning.
TSA SECURITY CHECKPOINT
TSA is now allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 oz in carry-on bags until further notice. You should expect that these containers — larger than the standard of 3.4 oz of liquids — will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to checkpoint screening. Passengers can scan their boarding passes but will have to present their ID to the Ticket Document Checker for verification. Instead of putting loose items in bins for screening, put them in your carry-on bag. Lower your face covering when instructed by security officers to verify your identity. Check with TSA and look for signage at the checkpoint on new screening procedures and health guidelines.
TSA officers wear face masks and clean bins with alcohol after each use. TSA Officers change gloves after every inspection and sanitize in between. The temperature of employees is taken at the beginning and end of their shifts.
DINING AND SHOPPING IN THE TERMINAL
Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick Fil A, River City Brewing, and the Air Capital Bar are open on the 2nd level. The Aviator’s Cafe is now open on the first floor. Food can be ordered “to go” to eliminate close seating. Occupied tables are 6 feet apart from any other tables in all directions.
The Air Capital Market, located in the center of the terminal, is open and offers face masks, hand sanitizers, and other PPE supplies. You can also buy a variety of items such as snacks, drinks, t-shirts, souvenirs, etc. Scanners are available to customers who do not want employees to handle their purchases. All associates wear masks and have their temperature taken each day. Hand sanitizer is available for the customers to use at the registers.
Expect to see plastic guards and shields separating you from cashiers or servers.
BOARD YOUR FLIGHT
Please respect signage and closed areas to ensure your health and safety as well as other passengers. Follow boarding instructions provided by the gate agent.
Food and beverages will be limited, depending on your flight length. You can bring your own snacks and beverages but remember – purchase your beverages after you clear screening. You can also bring an empty bottle and fill it at the water bottle filling stations on the concourse. Bring a jacket or sweater in case blankets are not available.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING THE U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 1 day before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
FOREIGN TRAVELER REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING THE U.S.
Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions. The updated travel guidelines also include new protocols around testing. To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to test within one day of departure.
Read the full requirements here.
RAPID COVID-19 TESTS
Travelers can get a rapid COVID-19 Test (PCR) in the terminal at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The test is administered by Prestige Medical Care of Wichita, via nasal swab. The cost is $300 and results are available within 45 minutes. COVID-19 tests are required for international travel, but are available for anyone.
To schedule rapid covid testing, go to rapidcovidtestwichita.com
- Customers will receive a receipt with all information needed for filing with insurance.
- Customers will receive a form with Prestige Medical Care’s information for international travel along with all personal information provided.
- Customers must provide:
- Full name as on passport
- Passport number
- Date of birth
The testing takes place in the conference room located on the mezzanine just to the left after you take the up escalator. Hours are Sunday – Saturday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Questions? Call 316-928-2000.
U.S. airlines want you to Fly Healthy and Fly Smart. The safety and well-being of all travelers is the airlines’ top priority. Airlines have been adding layers of protection that meet — and frequently exceed — CDC guidelines, from requiring facial coverings to enhancing cleaning protocols, such as electrostatic and fogging procedures.
As airlines continue to monitor travel demand, policies are likely to change. Stay current by visiting these airlines’ websites:
- Alaska Airlines
- Allegiant Air
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Frontier Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Covid travel information
- Southwest has no change or cancel fees
- United Airlines
Other Helpful Websites