The administration is behind the curve on much of this. Air travel was and is an essential service. We have stranded fellow citizens in various parts of the world who need repatriation. A competent WH would be arranging this, muscling foreign governments to transit our citizens to airports, allow a plane(s) to land and pick them up. Normally citizens are charged for this service. Flights within the US need to be maintained, but airlines need to cooperate so that there are just enough planes flying, probably at 50% LF (some social distancing), prices maybe a little higher than normal. ATC with these reduced flights can reduce number of controllers to a minimum. Obviously slot usage for the duration should reflect we are in an emergency situation. Often times an active duty general is assigned to honcho this, someone with high personal power and authority. Such a person backs up persons actually doing the job, and prevents others from disruptive agendas.
Actually, it is you behind the curve.
The State Department stated nearly three weeks ago now, that foreign travel was NOT recommended, and that you could find yourself trapped overseas without possibility of rescue. Yet people still decided to get on cruises, go to Spring Break in Cancun, Spring Break church missions to Peru, etc. At some point, you are responsible for your own safety and security. You are free to make the choice to go, but you were also free to make the choice of stay or return.
I was stunned to hear that friends actually planned travel in the early days of the outbreak thinking, "what a great time to go to the beaches." I am in Minnesota and I get the desire to score a deal and head south after a long winter, but it clearly backfired. Also, most of these peoples trip interruption insurance or evacuation insurance is void as the traveled despite the warnings.
I think they assumed that these flights mostly to Latin America were safe. And to a certain extent they were the last to be cancelled, but still.
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