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"I travelled alone. It was a scary experience because in June we had very less information about COVID. Since I was going back to Mumbai to meet my parents, I had to sanitise every five-10 minutes and disinfect my hands every time I touched a surface. It was really scary but also exciting in a weird way," he told ET Panache.
Acing the airport
Udupa took a cab to the airport with proper sanitisation checks in place. "Bangalore had just adopted zero contact security to boarding protocol where there would be zero contact with any human. All documents like boarding pass, baggage tag were all printed in advance. When I reached the airport, they checked my Arogya Setu app to check my safety status. The check in process was smooth with no connection with any human, everything was self serve. Even security check was performed with the CISF officer standing at a distance. Before boarding, the airlines provided with a face mask, face shield and some sanitiser pouches. People also had some civic sense in Bangalore and maintained social distancing. Once we landed, I observed that people in the Mumbai airport at baggage pick up didnt observe any kind of social distancing which was bad. All in all a great experience," he said.
Udupa wore a mask, carried some gloves and ensured his hands were in the pocket most of the trip.
"Every time I put my hands out I sanitised them and put them back in. This was a personal trip I had to take due to a death in the family so I had to go for it," he shared.
Udupa visited Pune once again for work and then after made a trip to Goa with his office colleague.
"Precautions were taken and we were safe. Exciting is my one word to describe flying amidst the pandemic. The world had changed as we knew it, and it was quite exciting to venture into a new world with new rules and navigate yourself through that. It definitely threw me out of my comfort zone which is something I enjoy," he said.
Its not that scary to travel in an airplane, it's kind of safe if you observe social distancing and maintain sanity checks feels Udupa.
"There were people who wore a PPE kit as well for complete protection which was also a good idea. Only advice would be once you reach home, take a shower, throw the clothes into the washing machine, and isolate yourself from your family for 14 days minimum. If these basic things are done you should be safe and should be able to keep the people around you safe as well," he ended.
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Mastering A New Skill
Top business leaders tell us about how they’ve been keeping themselves busy over the lockdown period.
The three months of the coronavirus-induced lockdown were a productive time for India’s top business leaders, who’ve ventured outside their comfort zones to learn new skills.
Here are the top bosses, in their own words, talking about what they’ve mastered.