Considering the pandemic, which is safer for vacation travel – flying or driving? Hitting the road gives you more control over your exposure to the virus, but either way, say medical experts, wearing a mask when you're close to other people helps reduce risk. That includes covering your face when you go through a drive-thru on a road trip and keeping your mask on during a flight. Eating and drinking on a plane presents its own challenges when fliers aren't able to sit six feet from passengers. When people eat on planes, they tend to touch their masks, uncover their nose and mouth and potentially infect others.