"The scenes played out like a postapocalyptic movie: Paranoid travelers roamed the empty terminals in masks, eyeing one another warily as they misted themselves with disinfectant." went on an airplane. You have to read this
This article from the Atlantic is on point...
I went on an airplane and wrote about it. My piece on the surreal experience of flying during a pandemic, and the false promise of a return to normal
Without solving the virus, you don't get the economy back. I guess some countries are going to try, but a modern consumer economy can't just plow through in the presence of a deadly virus. Too many activities affected. New normal won't be normal.
Quarantine Day 56: “I went on an airplane” is an urgent story that I cannot click on fast enough
Nice guy finishes first. How risked death, was harassed by a barbarian, and ended up in first class.
When I grow up I want to write as well as ⁦
Great column about what flying is like right now. This is the key paragraph.
The lede anecdote in this story made me start sweating. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
"until we stop reflexively seeing people as viral threats, those old small pleasures we crave are likely to remain elusive."
If you are already feeling down this morning don’t read this brilliant account of what flying is already like and why this means “the things we miss most about our pre pandemic lives...require more than government permission to be enjoyed”
This is normal. There's no going back to what life was like in February.
"Why did I think flying would be easy right now?" writes.
“We apologize for the alarming amount of passengers on this flight.”
In which has an airplane confrontation that is making me very uncomfortable and concerned we’re all turning into Howard Hughes slowly
Perils of the "new normal."
"But as America lurches awkwardly toward an economic “reopening” in the weeks ahead, my fraught travel experience highlighted an unwelcome truth: The glittering allure of “normalcy” that waits on the other end of these stay-at-home orders is a mirage."
The scenes played out like a postapocalyptic movie: Paranoid travelers roamed the empty terminals in masks, eyeing one another warily as they misted themselves with disinfectant.
Look, in fairness, this is also how I respond when tries to grab a seat next to me:
“Governors can lift restrictions and companies can implement public-health protocols. But until we stop reflexively seeing people as viral threats, those old small pleasures we crave are likely to remain elusive.”
huh this up-and-comer can really write
Funny and scary all at once.
Key phrase from this travelogue bummer from : "The glittering allure of “normalcy” that waits on the other end of these stay-at-home orders is a mirage."
"The scenes played out like a postapocalyptic movie: Paranoid travelers roamed the empty terminals in masks, eyeing one another warily as they misted themselves with disinfectant."
I think this is probably the longest I’ve gone in recent years without flying somewhere... I miss travel, but am wondering what it will be like when I venture again into the apparently not so friendly skies.
"Why did I think flying would be easy right now?" writes.
Great piece on what it’s like to fly now. ‘Flying During the Coronavirus Pandemic’ - The Atlantic
"Why did I think flying would be easy right now?" writes.
Flying During the Coronavirus Pandemic: What to Know - The Atlantic
For those asking, no that’s not me in the photo in my story. My mask was considerably less elaborate (and was made by my mom):
Related: My recent piece on what it was like to fly during a pandemic
This is such a privileged, whining, bullshit take. Airport and airline workers are working their asses off to keep you safe. And trying to being cheerful and positive while doing it. Not one word of gratitude to them?
"Dystopian public-service announcements echoed through the airport—‘This is a message from the ...” Even the smallest, most routine tasks—such as dealing with the touch-screen ticketing kiosk—felt infused with danger." /by
But as America lurches awkwardly toward an economic “reopening” in the weeks ahead, my fraught travel experience highlighted an unwelcome truth: The glittering allure of “normalcy” that waits on the other end of these stay-at-home orders is a mirage.
If story is any indication, post-pandemic air travel is going to have at least double the stress and indignity as before, but more expensive, more security theater, and an expectation to arrive 4 hrs before every flight.
Air travellers in the US broke 200k for the first time in 43 days! Curious if flying will every feel the same: "'We apologize for the alarming amount of passengers on this flight.' Each of us was a potential vector of deadly disease."
Flying During the Coronavirus Pandemic: What to Know
"Why did I think flying would be easy right now?" writes. (auto-populated link text)
"Governors can lift restrictions and companies can implement public-health protocols. But until we stop reflexively seeing people as viral threats, those old small pleasures we crave are likely to remain elusive."