One Mile at a Time highlights a case of a passenger on what he says looks like an American Airlines flight texting that they have Covid-19, which is the reason they’re traveling. They’ve decided to cut their trip short and go home early.
We have Covid… shhh. That’s why we’re coming home a day early.
The traveler also texted that they got into a venue (a hockey game) the night before using using their grandmother’s negative Covid-19 test. Their father got a test and was positive.
Normally I’d say that reading over someone’s shoulder and sharing the contents of their texts online is abhorrent but that clearly pales in comparison to someone choosing to travel while they are knowingly infected (and likely infectious, since it sounds like at least their father tested positive – twice – with a rapid test).
That’s my view independent of Covid – don’t fly sick. And since they changed their flight they likely weren’t on a basic economy fare. They could have changed it in the other direction, to isolate themselves rather than traveling to the airport, through security and exposing themelves to others at the gate and on the jet bridge in addition to on the airport.
They also violated the airline’s rules, since they specifically had to agree to Covid-19 terms saying that they weren’t currently sick.
I’d have said something to the crew and sought to have them isolated on the aircraft. It’s not clear that every crewmember would take this seriously or take action. I wouldn’t confront them myself. And sitting close enough to photograph their texts I’d consider myself to have been exposed and proceed accordingly.