Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is against social distancing on planes and won’t block middle seats. The airline offers hand sanitizer and masks, but doesn’t want to make passengers wear them.
I wish I knew who created this video, but it’s a brilliant send up of the Qantas approach – which in many ways is the world airline approach – though the absolute best part is the closing “It’s not like you can fly Virgin [Australia] anymore, so what do we care?”
Airlines simply haven’t been vectors of significant virus spread. They’ve brought people with the virus from one place to another, but we haven’t seen case clusters originating on planes. Aircraft larger than small regional jets have hospital-grade air filtration, so it seems that in most cases you’d need to be right beside someone with the virus in order to become infected.
Still, being squeezed on a plane next to someone is more uncomfortable than ever before.which is why Delta’s decision to continue blocking middle seats through September 30 is most welcome as passengers regain confidence in travel.