I was going to ask here yesterday if anyone heard of FAs/pilots calling in sick excessively to avoid having to go on trips? I was especially interested if DL has had any FAs quit because given they aren’t Union they don’t have many options at the moment other than report to work or leave
No I haven't heard of any FA's calling in sick here at UA or contracting COVID-19.
What is interesting though is on Flying Together before UA's announcement this week to trim the domestic schedule by 10% starting in April on the first article covering the coronavirus there were plenty of FA's demanding UA suspend flying first to China, then South Korea, all of Japan, TPE, SIN, and all of Italy. There were a lot of comments left by UA FA's wanting to know why UA was continuing to risk their lives and we needed to suspend service to all these and more destinations. Then things took a turn and Seattle became the US media's new focus of attention for the what the media termed huge spike in cases, which was then followed by UA announcing the 10% reduction in domestic flying because the 20% reduction in international flying had already been announced and includes China.
When Oscar made the announcement FA's were no longer afraid of COVID-19 they were then afraid of loosing their jobs to furloughs. Now they are not asking UA to suspend flying they are now saying Oscar are we overreacting? Why not give it another month, why not hold off on the reductions until May just to make sure this isn't a mistake. It is this type of fear that we all are up against one day our future bookings for March and April are strong because people still believed the US domestic market was safe. But after the news media reports from Seattle people, companies, began delay or out right canceling domestic travel plans.
Just looking at the comments from UA FA's on FT they were so afraid of coronavirus demanding UA suspend service to all those destinations an more because UA is risking their lives that was until UA announced voluntary leave of absence then the conversation becomes no wait you are jumping the gun, reductions start in April? Wait till May or June lets see how this virus plays out as the weather warms up. There reaction reminds me of the people this past weekend across the country who rushed out to Costco here in the US to buy bottle water, canned food, frozen food, toiletries, because they are so terrified of the coronavirus (again irresponsible media reports). However while they were in Costco they just could not bring themselves to pass up all those free samples Costco is known for. Hundreds if not thousands of people touched the carts, the handles in the store with their unwashed hand then those same people worried about getting coronavirus still decided to stop and eat all the free samples. There was an article where Costco stated they went through more free samples this pass weekend than they have in the history of the company.
It really is amazing how human beings claim they are terrified of coronavirus until a company threatens their job or they enter a grocery store and can't pass up all those free samples with their unwashed hands then its coronavirus be damn I'm not passing up free food.
Last edited by jayunited
on Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:02 pm, edited 2 times in total.