Thursday, March 26, 2020

Flying during Covid -19

In the wake of what is going on in our country right now, most places are closed and almost all professions are working from home. It is said that unless you are essential, STAY HOME!


Well apparently flying is essential,
because I am still working. A few weeks ago when the situation of Covid-19 seemed to be starting in America, I'd see a few passengers wearing masks or gloves and honestly thought well they are taking pretty extreme caution.  But the more it evolved and the more we became aware of the severity of it, I don't blame them! 


Now my flight crew even comes on the plane with gloves and Lysol cans (we bring) to disinfect our areas, such as jump seats, phones, demo equipment etc. The other day I asked for some gloves, which we usually get a box when asked. He came back with just  2. I guess use sparingly. 

The other week I had to do 3 International turns. Fly from Philadelphia to Cancun (stay on plane) and fly right back. I don't have International data so am unable to turn my phone on while I am there.  I did this route for three days straight.  I woke up at 3 am and did not get home until after 4pm. I was exhausted. I came home, showered and ate, and immediately went to bed to wake up and do it again. Needless to say, I didn't put the news on nor did I really know what was going on in society so I didn't know how severe it was getting from day to day!   Yet among all the closures, I am still reporting to work.

Everyday the passenger count dwindled down and the last day there was only 1 passenger heading to Cancun. We were curious on why she needed to go. She explained that she lived in Cancun and was only in Philadelphia visiting her daughter. She was suppose to stay for two weeks but since her daughter is a nurse and was very busy she thought it'd be best to go back early.

When we landed in Cancun the cleaning crew immediately came on and sanitized every seat and tray table. It's nice to see everyone is taking precautions.

After those flights,  I had a few days off and was planning to go home to teach my classes at the gym but since they closed I thought I would try to work more since next month we are all getting reductions in hours and are getting asked to do voluntarily layoffs ( I'm not taking part in this).


I wanted to do turns so I made sure I didn't have a layover anywhere, but when this turn canceled the only trip left was a layover. I heard that everything is shut down everywhere so pretty much you are quarantined to your room, because it's not like we can go through the drive through without a car. I guess it's a good time to catch up on Netflix. I made sure to pack plenty of food. Usually I would go shopping at TJ Max but not this time. I did go for a short run before returning to my room for the rest of the 21 hour layover. 

I have some scheduled layovers coming up that I am not looking forward to. I am hoping they end up canceling. So we will see! 

I really can't believe we are still flying! I highly doubt the the 8 passenger we are taking to Charlotte is essential.

Fortunately I have not gotten sick but I know a few of my flight attendant friends are(not with the virus, but just in general). So please if you do not need to travel as a necessity, please just stay home as requested! 

Are you working during this difficult time?

Any questions about what it's like to be flying throughout all this? -L


I am sorry that there might not be a link up this week. I am posting from a different location and did not have access to the link up tools. If something changes I will try to update.

21 comments:

  1. This definitely is crazy! When things started going down (early March), we decided to cancel our trip to Florida (which would have been for last weekend). We weren't necessarily worried about our welfare, but didn't want to be exposed to anything and, then, risk bringing it back. I'm just hoping for things to improve...and I believe they are, but it ain't over yet.

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    1. Yes I hope so too! I bet now you are so happy you decided not to go on your trip.

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  2. I am working from home. Boring but safe.

    Hope this ends soon.

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  3. I'm working from home, doing virtual visits with patients. We aren't seeing any sick patients in the office and very limited well child visits. I've been a nurse for 36 years and an NP for 12 and I can honestly say that I've never been through anything like this. Not even close. Stay safe, Lacey.

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  4. I guess still flying is good and bad for you. People might still need to travel to get to family members, and I’m sure they are glad to still have that option. I hope your layovers as least have running routes. That’s a long time to stay in a hotel room. Stay healthy!

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  5. I never thought about the trouble you would have getting food during a layover! Could you ask an Uber to go through a drivethrough or get delivery? Flying at this time does seem crazy! Be safe!!!

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    1. Well when we checked into hotel last night the front desk attendant gave us a list of restaurants that were doing delivery so that was nice.

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  6. Wow hard to imagine people are still flying right now! Sound like you are being careful. Stay well out there

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    1. I'm trying! There has been more people flying than I thought would be during this time!

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  7. I work from home for a tech company so business as usual. Do you think you'll get furloughed or laid off. I'm glad you're healthy and hope you stay well!

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    1. They are cutting back on our trips and hours for next month but I do not believe I will be getting furloughed

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  8. I am so surprised that people are still flying! It seems like everyone I know is working from home so there definitely shouldn't be any business travel.

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    1. Exactly! I wonder why some of these people are going where they are.

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  9. Wow, that sounds crazy that the planes are flying with so few people. That's good about the extra precautions and extra sanitizing. Fingers crossed that you stay healthy! We definitely cancelled all our flights for the next several months.

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  10. What a great perspective to write from. You and your colleagues are at such a high risk of contracting this virus and then many people have to go home to their own families and hope they don't have it. I don't know how many flights are going in/out of Canada anymore but as a country we are all doing the same united thing. Home. Self-distancing on a large scale. We did it relatively early, and by March 18th most schools and daycares were shut down. Most people are working from home and everything is closed. We have to help and keep as many people safe as possible and some people, like yourself still have to go to work. We are offering finical compensation for anyone who has been laid off, like my mom, and their jobs have to be protected. I really feel for people who are struggling to meet ends meet, I am lucky to be able to work from home and have a steady income coming in. Such a scary times.

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  11. I am sorry that you are still having to fly. We had a trip to Florida scheduled for May 2 and already canceled it, figuring that even if things got better, it was still too soon to be confined with a bunch of people on an airplane.

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  12. I continue to work from home as always. The difference for me is everyone is home with me vs me home alone all day. So far I'm grateful to all be together. Stay safe and be well Lacey!

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