Editorial: Passengers, wear masks. Airlines, keep it clean. Then we'll fly again
Not many people would choose to ride out the coronavirus pandemic in a crowded tin box. That’s why passenger demand for air travel has fallen as much as 90%. Of course, there’s also little reason to book a flight right now.Slowly, the window for flying will reopen, presuming rates of COVID-19 infection continue to decline. Some people will have important personal or professional reasons to board aircraft in the next few months, even without much of a summer vacation season.They’ll fly, if they feel safe.Do airlines understand this imperative? They do if they agree with Paul Griffiths, chief ex...
On Florida's Space Coast, a return to the 'good days' of launching astronauts is near with decade-defining SpaceX flight
ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Mallory was on the runway when the space shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center for the last time, ending human spaceflight from the United States with a screech of its wheels in the early hours of July 21, 2011.Just this week, nine years later, Mallory was there again as America prepares its return. He watched as crews loaded SpaceX’s Crew Dragon with propellant, readying the egg-like capsule to birth a commercially dominated epoch of human spaceflight. Mallory and his team, who work on life support during missions, were there to supply the suits that technicians...
Cuba is preparing to reopen airports shut down due to coronavirus
Cuba is preparing to reopen its airports as early as July if COVID-19 cases, which the government claims is at minimal levels, remains under control, sources familiar with plans told el Nuevo Herald.“Cuba extended the closure of its airspace until July 1, so American (Airlines) will begin operating flights to the island starting on the 7th,” the airline said in a statement.Although the company has already sold tickets to Havana online for flights beginning on June 8, the airline said there was a system error and that the tickets will start selling for flights in July.Other airlines such as Sou...
United Airlines catering workers demand cleaner, safer conditions after 4 die of coronavirus
United Airlines workers demanded on Wednesday that the company close and clean its catering facility at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport after four workers died from coronavirus.About 60 workers from Unite Here Local 100 rallied outside of the facility, calling for more protocols to protect catering employees from COVID-19.“I took part in this action to honor my coworkers who passed away from the virus,” said Karenina Cortez, a United Catering worker. “We also came here to send a message to United Airlines that we want to work, but we want to do so with all reasonable safety m...
New York Daily News
Delta cleaning all flights using electrostatic sprayers
Delta Air Lines has announced that all Delta flights will be sanitized using electrostatic sprayers in another effort to raise airline cleanliness standards amid the coronavirus pandemic.Additionally, Delta will use the same method to sanitize frequently used spaces throughout Delta airports, including reservation centers, employee work and break areas, pilot and flight attendant lounges and office spaces.Electrostatic spraying provides a safe and effective way to thoroughly clean an aircraft cabin from floor to ceiling, sanitizing areas that employees and customers frequently touch.The spraye...
Chicago officials say O'Hare's massive $8.5 billion expansion project is moving ahead. But bleak outlook for air travel could force it to scale back
CHICAGO — Chicago’s aviation department insists the coronavirus pandemic won’t curtail its $8.5 billion expansion plan for O’Hare International Airport, but there are growing signs the city will have no choice but to reconsider the project’s scope and timing.The city is counting on the airlines to help fund the expansion. But with flights canceled, jets grounded and passenger traffic plummeting because of the coronavirus, the airlines face their most severe economic crisis since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Travel restrictions and passenger concerns have brought flying to a near halt,...
Patrick Willis, ex-teammates praise Joe Staley upon 49ers retirement
Like a parade of cars driving by someone’s house to honk birthday wishes amid quarantine, Joe Staley’s retirement drew quite a reception line Tuesday, as ex-teammates tooted his horn from Zoom rooms to other outlets.For linebacker Patrick Willis, he recalled meeting Staley at San Francisco International airport on April 29, 2007, a day after the 49ers drafted them in the first round. Like the draft in which Willis (No. 11 overall) preceded Staley (No. 28), Willis’ plane landed first, and then came his favorite memory of their pairing.“He wasn’t too far behind me coming up the escalator at SFO,...
The Mercury News
'Are we essential or disposable?' Workers say they need to know more about positive cases on the job.
By the Philadelphia airport, at one of the biggest UPS hubs in the country, package handlers are finding out that coworkers have tested positive for the coronavirus. But management isn’t telling them anything else about the positive cases, leaving workers on edge about if they could have been exposed.At the city’s jails in Northeast Philadelphia, corrections officers say they’re also in the dark about confirmed cases, both among coworkers and inmates. Officers have taken to spreading the word about positive cases themselves, hoping it will help their coworkers protect themselves.And at a high-...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The one thing every airline needs to offer post-coronavirus
There’s no question that the future of airline travel in the post-coronavirus era is going to evolve.Already, the spread of COVID-19 has forced numerous procedural changes as carriers tear up their playbook and, pardon the pun, wing it in the face of an unprecedented drop in demand for flights.Numbers don’t lie. Based on the number of screenings at airports over the last three to four weeks, the Transportation Security Administration has reported an almost 90 percent drop in the number of passengers taking to the air.So, presuming the virus dissipates over time, what is the one thing every air...
Delta cuts flying at hubs, including big reductions in New York
Delta Air Lines is making large cuts in flying at its hubs, including a 60% reduction in flights at its largest hub in Atlanta.Atlanta-based Delta, like other airlines, has cut the vast majority of its flights in New York, a hot spot for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and a city where Delta has a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport and an international hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport.Delta has cut service at LaGuardia by more than 90% in April and at JFK by more than 80%.Some states have imposed restrictions on travelers from New York.And amid international “do not tr...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution