The sky is opening again

By Bob Nesoff

Anyone brave enough to listen to the evening news may have noticed an article sandwiched between apartment fires, politics and traffic jams as European airports suddenly became jammed with passengers waiting to board their planes. planes that had been waiting for more than two years. .

Is the pandemic over? Are all passengers suddenly vaxxed? What is going on?

As United, American, Delta, Air France and British Airways lick their jobs and eye newly enriched results from their profit and loss accounts, so do American hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations.

The US government has opened up travel from recently banned countries as the pandemic begins to stabilize, fewer people are getting sick and fear of spreading the virus has eased. This does not mean that everything is back to normal.

Passengers will still need to present proof of vaccination and will be required to wear masks on board the aircraft. There are no exceptions. Some passengers became belligerent when asked to mask up. They take it as an affront to their personal freedom without thinking of those they can infect.

When this happens, and it was on several occasions, the pilot will make an unscheduled landing to meet local law enforcement. The reluctant passenger will be on his way to be a Club Fed guest. Or they may be hit with a hefty fine that may exceed the cost of their airfare.

The belligerent in the air has too often gone beyond refusing to hide. A first class passenger was accidentally hit by an air hostess… uh, excuse me, an air hostess. She immediately apologized and continued with her chores. Moments later, the “Bumpee” headed for the gallery where she was getting ready for service. Without warning, he walked away and punched her in the face, fracturing her bones. He will have a long time to think about what he did before being released.

In several instances, other passengers jumped into the fray to support and protect the flight crew. They restrained these attackers until they could be glued to their seats and, after another unscheduled landing, handed over to the authorities. Fortunately, these incidents are on the decline. On several recent flights to the West Coast, even with extended delays, passengers have been more understanding and taken the hits.

While many flights are still taking off with empty seats, particularly in the business and first class sections, we have seen passengers in coach (or as it is sometimes called “cattle class”), trying to convince the crew to flight to give them an upgrade. They even offered advice. Unfortunately, flight crews do not have the authority to outclass anyone. This must be done with the door staff. They can do it, but they come in with an aggressive attitude or “Do you know who I am? and you will discover that even if the cabin before I empty, you will not be moved. Sometimes a little sweet attitude can pay off.

If you’ve been eager to go on vacation, check your local newspapers. Several resort destinations, even exotic ones, are offering terrific deals in an attempt to recoup some of the money they’ve lost over the past two years. For example, a company specializing in the Maldives Islands and these overwater villas offers offers that are almost difficult to refuse.

You can get a villa that includes all-inclusive meals, free drinks, round-trip domestic flights with speedboat transfers from the airport to the resort. The price for two adults ranges from $2,999 to $5,319 for five nights. Hard to bet. Check with a local travel agency.

If you’re traveling first or business class, the food and service discounts won’t be as severe as for those in the aft cabin. Airlines, after losing a combined $35 billion after years of profitability, are scrambling to accommodate the biggest passengers.

Airlines want to limit interaction between flight crew and passengers. So the forward cabin, instead of having food served over a period of time, will find everything served at once on a large platter instead of individual plates. Depending on how those passengers react will determine how things go as they go.

So do not hesitate to make plans for a great vacation. Just be aware that things are a little different. And, whatever you do, wear a mask and don’t hit the flight attendant.

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