PA727 wrote:Miamiairport wrote:Not everything can be done remote. The airlines seem to be trying to practice the measures put on others, made much easier with 10%-20% load factors.
Yes, and thanks for the measured response. Seems like there are overreactions on both sides. My job happens to be one considered essential, so each day, all day, I am in public and surrounded by MANY people who are out - of all ages, both by necessity and by choice. This is my job, and I accept it and the risks that come with it. I would guess those who complain about people being out would also be glad I'm out as well.
With that said, while the airlines are still flying and trying to gain whatever revenue they can, should I decide to fly on my day off, it is my concern. Where does one draw the line? I'm already out there, as are many others who are making the choice to fly. Most, if not all, geographically large countries are still maintaining some level of air travel within their borders, so I wouldn't be so quick to call this an "American" thing. When I am home, I live alone and am not a threat to others. When I am in public, both for work and by choice, I follow all CDC protocols as best as possible.
Late last week, I did fly, and it was by choice. Not only did I follow precautions, but I would submit my chances of either catching - or transmitting - the virus were far less than what I face on a daily basis. For about 95% of the time, I was easily able to maintain social distancing suggestions, given the lack of people traveling.
While this may sound like equivocating or justifying to some, the intention is to point out there is no black and white, even during these times. Absolutist views on both sides have gotten us into much of this trouble, yet we continue. How well has yelling at the side we disagree with worked? As long as planes are flying, there will be some segment of the population flying.
We are all in this thing together, and I choose to thank those who are willingly help keep whatever we can of society functioning, while urging all of those who are in high risk groups or otherwise choose to isolate to do so as well. There will always be uncaring people out there, in both their actions AND their words.
You have made your point in a very calm and measured manner but, with all respect, your having a choice is not the point. Just because you have to be in public for your work does not mean you can ignore the rest of the advice. You may feel you are already at risk, and yes you are. All the more reason why you should stay at home when it is possible. Because the risk is that you will pass the virus on to others, and with you having to be in public you are more at risk of having it. So you are one of the people who should be following the advice even more strictly!
This is the problem with this, people simply do not understand the impact of this and the impact they can have, and feel like they don't have their part to play.
The guidelines and recommendations are not there for sport. They are there for the benefit of all of our society.
You're right. We are all in this thing together. And we should do so by heeding the advice and not ignoring it.
I don't believe you have been acting selfishly, but I think you need to rethink your decisions now going forward. You have a part to play.