At the start of the pandemic airlines closed their club lounges as passenger numbers plummeted. With traveling returning lounges have been re-opening, and Delta has re-opened clubs more quickly than its major competitors. They’ve also done more to bring back food. In fact Delta replaced pre-packaged last month in some clubs with buffet service. Last month I noted Detroit where an employee was plating food off the buffet for passengers.
Well, the employee is now gone and Delta has returned to self-service petri dish buffets in Detroit. In the U.S. Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are down markedly. Some of that comes from vaccination, some from seasonality, and some from widespread natural immunity from prior infection. Even as variants spread, the chances of picking up Covid-19 in the United States is lower than it’s been since the start of the pandemic.
So we have an opportunity to return to normal, where we’re merely exposed to the regular germs of other passengers, like at the O’Hare Sky Club when it was shut down by health inspectors.