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At-home aviation activities for all age groups

By The Hub team, April 15, 2020

Watching planes fly overhead or visiting an airport has kickstarted dreams, adventures and even careers! While social distancing and attending classes from home, kids can still explore the world of flight through United. We've captured the STEM principles and creativity that are synonymous with aviation and travel, and put them into 14 grab-and-go lesson kits for three different age groups.

Most of these kits were originally developed so that United employees could volunteer at schools and share their passion for the aviation industry. Now, with some common household items, they've been adapted for use at home. Print out the packs or assign the lessons using a computer and let your family's imagination soar.

Tip: host these lessons virtually using our aviation Zoom backgrounds to fit each scene!

K-2 graphic

Travel and exploration

Create a passport

Kids learn about travel and get creative in making their own passport.

Get the kit:

Grades K-2 Create a Passport.pdf

What you'll need: paper and markers, coloring pencils or crayons

Who am I?

Discuss airline jobs and color picture of "most interesting airline jobs to me".

Get the kit:

Grades K-2 Who Am I.pdf

What you'll need: paper and markers, coloring pencils or crayons

Aviation and aerodynamics

Making it fly

Students discuss the parts of the plane and use this knowledge to make their own paper planes.

Get the kit:

Grades K-2 Making It Fly.pdf

What you'll need: paper and pens or pencils

Let's fly

Students learn about the parts of a plane and create a picture of one using paper and popsicle sticks.

Get the kit:

Grades K-2 Let's Fly.pdf

What you'll need: paper, pens or pencils, crayons or markers, popsicle sticks, cotton balls and glue or glue sticks

Picture of United plane coloring page

Extra credit activities

Explore your creative side with United-themed mazes, coloring pages, word searches and more.

Get the kits:

United Activity Pages.pdf

United Coloring Pages.pdf

Get the answer key:

United Activity Pages Answer Key.pdf

What you'll need: paper, pens or pencils and crayons or markers

Grades 3-5 graphic

Travel and exploration

Landmarks live!

Teams of students research and report (as studio and field reporters) on an interesting landmark on that landmark's opening day.

Get the kit:

Grades 3-5 Landmarks Live!.pdf

What you'll need: paper and pens or pencils

Point of view picture of someone working on an activity

Aviation and aerodynamics

Great people in flight

Students will create a fake news broadcast interviewing a historical figure in aviation.

Get the kit:

Grades 3-5 Great People in Flight.pdf

What you'll need: Pens or pencils

Who am I?

Students play a question game to try to guess aviation job descriptions.

Get the kit:

Grades 3-5 Who Am I.pdf

What you'll need: paper, scissors and tape

Up & away

Students make paper planes to learn what variables like weight and lift have on a plane's ability to fly.

Get the kit:

Grades 3-5 Up & Away.pdf

What you'll need: paper, paper clips or pennies, pens or pencils and measuring tape

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Travel and exploration

Mapping it out

Students write 8-line poems based on research into various countries to learn about different cultures and geographic regions

Get the kit:

Grades 6-8 Mapping It Out.pdf

What you'll need: paper and pens or pencils

Careers in aviation

Teams of students create a fun infomercial highlighting the important aspects of two aviation-related careers.

Get the kit:

Grades 6-8 Careers in Aviation.pdf

What you'll need: papers and pens or pencils

Young girl coloring

Aviation and aerodynamics

Great people in flight

Students create 8-line poems about historical figures in aviation.

Get the kit:

Grades 6-8 Great People in Flight.pdf

What you'll need: paper and pens or pencils

Bernoulli's Principle

Students will learn about the way air pressure keeps planes aloft by doing different experiments to demonstrate the principle.

Get the kit:

Grades 6-8 Bernoulli's Principle.pdf

What you'll need: paper, string, balloons, ping pong balls, cup

United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

  • 1
    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
  • 2
    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

  • 6
    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
  • 7
    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
  • 8
    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
  • 9
    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

  • 1
    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
  • 2
    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
  • 7
    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
  • 9
    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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