Marriott hotels – though not only Marriotts – ignore elite breakfast benefits because of Covid-19. In fact you now need to do a lot more research on hotels when considering a booking to find out whether they’re offering the facilities and services that you want and are paying for. No towels for the pool? Blame Covid.
Union boss Sara Nelson doesn’t want flight attendants working on flights because Covid. The CDC, apparently, needs to update its guidance on virus spread to include catching Covid-19 from aircraft galley ovens because the temperature of food is a risk:
AFA recommends that airlines only serve cold food and drinks on flights less than 1,800 miles or three hours, that drinks are only distributed in individual cans/bottles, and that onboard alcohol sales are suspended until the pandemic is over.
Ms. Nelson may have heard that there are vaccines, and now more supply than demand. And if it’s not necessary to block middle seats for distancing on an aircraft, and the CDC says surface transmission is a non-issue, then how can selling alcohol put cabin crew – who can generally get vaccinated – at risk?
We need to update our priors and stop giving companies a pass ‘because of the pandemic.’ And we should genuinely give thanks to biomedicine for giving us miraculously effective vaccines. Any adult in the U.S. who wants a vaccine now can have one (children are generally at less risk without a vaccine than older Americans are who have had one) and they are far more protective than anyone could realistically have hoped. They let most everyone return to normal life.
There are people who won’t get a vaccine. That’s a choice they can make, but that choice shouldn’t impose a cost on the rest of us. Even most immunocompromised individuals are recommended to get vaccines. There are a small number of people who ought not. Ms. Nelson, who a year ago wanted to make leisure flying illegal, should advocate for her members to be able to take a temporary reassignment of duties if they cannot become vaccinated and have concerns with doing their job.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been horrible for this country and for the world. It’s disrupted the lives of billions of people, and cost of lives of millions. But it is not an excuse, a get out of work but still get paid free card, we should guide decisions based on the science and vaccines allow most to return to normal life.