How Airports Are Going To Become Very Different

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  1. Air Canada’s blatent refusal to obide by US and EU laws should get them banned from those airspaces

  2. All these declaratory articles about how thing X or Y “will” change because of coronavirus are getting really tiresome.

    We are still in a crisis phase. All we know for certain is that things will change. We absolutely don’t know what the end of state of that change will be. Or how many of the measures in place now will be maintained in the long term.

    To pretend otherwise is idiocy.

    So no, Travel and Leisure (which I subscribe to) doesn’t know how the airports will be different.

  3. Interesting re: Air Canada – I must have gotten in early (or had a different policy applied because we redeemed points). We had a planned trip to Toronto at the end of March that of course had to be cancelled. Redeemed some Aeroplan miles for both my wife’s and my ticket and paid taxes and fees in cash. Cancelled the trip online and had everything refunded, minus about a 5% drop in the exchange rate between paying and getting the refund. In a related story, despite not having any published Covid policy at the time, we had our prepaid Omni hotel booking completely refunded as well.

  4. At 171 mile from Paris, Chateauroux is “near Paris” like Baltimore is near New York.

  5. I’ve heard some people think that carry-on bags will be prohibited due to COVID-19. This was a couple weeks ago, when we were still worried about contaminated surfaces, so maybe it’s not relevant anymore. I could still see carry-ons going away to simplify boarding, and not have people move around the cabin during the flight, though.

    If carry on bags do go away, airlines will be racking-in more bag fees (incentivizing airlines to enact the policy under the guise of safety), and baggage claim areas will become a circus where social distancing is impossible. Check in lines will be a disaster too.

  6. Chateauroux is a former U.S. Air Force base. I flew in there on a C-130. The difficult part was getting a train from there to Fountainbleu. Old times not forgotten.

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