Passengers of an airplane, test negative for COVID-19 before take-off and positive on landing
Comic-tragic situation for the passengers of an air flight. 12 of the 91 passengers on a Qatar plane flying to Athens were tested negative for the new coronavirus. On landing, however, they were tested again, the result being a positive one.
As a result, Greece has suspended all flights to and from Qatar after some passengers on a Doha to Athens flight tested positive for COVID-19. Greek authorities say 12 of the passengers contracted the virus, the rest being healthy. "Because of this, flights to and from Qatar are suspended until June 15," they said.
However, the airline claims that all the passengers of the flight were healthy before boarding, in Doha.
Among those tested positive are nine Pakistani citizens living in Greece, two Greeks living in Australia and a member of a Greco-Japanese family. These people will be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks.
After a gradual exit from isolation on May 4, the tourist season officially begins on June 15 in Greece, with the reopening of seasonal hotels and the resumption of numerous international flights from the regions least affected by the pandemic.
Greece on Friday announced the opening of airports in Athens and Thessaloniki for tourists from 29 countries, including 15 in the European Union, starting June 15.
Between June 15 and 30, the planes will only be able to land in the two cities. The other regional airports and those on the Greek islands will not reopen until July 1.
The coronavirus spreads and continuously affects everyone, no matter where, on plane or ground. The virus resulted a new record for the world's longest commercial flight in distance, after an Air Tahiti Nui plane was forced to fly from French Polynesia to France in an epic, nonstop, 16-hour trip across 9,765-miles.
On March 14, Air Tahiti Nui flight TN064 from Tahiti to Paris became the longest recorded scheduled passenger flight by distance, The Independent reports. It took it flight from Papeete at 3 a.m., on the local time, on Saturday and touched the ground at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris at 6:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to the New York Post.
Though the flight there is a stop in Los Angeles to pick up passengers and refuel, but not this time, due to imposed bans, it was prohibited for the planes that have at the board foreign nations that have been to Europe, to enter the U.S.
From start to finish, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reportedly spent about 15 hours and 45 minutes flying.
Though the Saturday flight happend because of the current travel ban, it beaten the distance record for a 9,534-mile passenger flight between Singapore and Newark, established by Singapore Airlines.
What are the top 10 longest flights?
- Singapore Airlines: Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN): 9,521 miles; 18 hours, 45 minutes
- Qatar Airways: Auckland (AKL) to Doha (DOH): 9,032 miles; 17 hours, 40 minutes
- Qantas: Perth (PER) to London Heathrow (LHR): 9,010 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- Emirates: Auckland (AKL) to Dubai (DXB): 8,824 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- United Airlines (until October 27) and Singapore Airlines (starting November 2): Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN): 8,770 miles; 17 hours, 15-50 minutes
- United Airlines: Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD): 8,596 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- Qantas: Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Sydney (SYD): 8,578 miles; 17 hours, 15 minutes
- United Airlines and Singapore Airlines: San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN): 8,446 miles; 16 hours, 35-40 minutes
- Delta Air Lines: Johannesburg (JNB) to Atlanta (ATL): 8,439 miles; 16 hours, 27 minutes
- Etihad: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles (LAX): 8,390 miles; 16 hours, 30 minutes
Passengers will wear masks from the entrance of the airport of departure to the exit of the airport of destination, the companions will not be allowed to enter the airport except in exceptional cases, and the high temperature will not be a good reason to refuse to board the passenger. All these rules, plus many others, are found in the protocol prepared by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for air travel.
On 21 May 2020, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a guide, "COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol", a set of rules for air travel in during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is valid for EU countries, but we will certainly have similar regulations around the world. It is enough to browse the document to understand that we are entering a new era of air travel. Just as much has changed since the 9/11 attacks, so much will change now.
- First of all, common sense is used. For example, airlines are not required to sell fewer tickets so that flights can no longer be cost-effective, but it is recommended that physical distance be respected where possible.
- Thermal scanning will not be done at all airports. In addition, the two European institutions recognize the limits of passenger thermal scanning. If, say, the passenger is over 38 degrees, he is not invited to the door outside, the temperature is checked once more, then the man is directed to a specialized control, also at the airport. It does not start from the beginning that the passenger with high temperature is sick with COVID-19.
- The basic principle is that people with symptoms of COVID-19 should be discouraged from arriving at the airport. How is this done? One of the recommendations made by EASA / ECDC to airlines is to reimburse the value of the passenger's ticket which proves, on the basis of a medical certificate, that it is confirmed with COVID-19. Refunds are made up to 6 hours before the flight.
- Airlines must also inform their passengers of COVID-19 symptoms before they show up at the airport: when checking in online, via SMS, etc. But not more than 24 hours before the flight.
- Passengers will complete a self-declaration that they are not sick with COVID-19 before receiving the boarding pass. It is preferable that this statement can be completed when checking in. Passengers will assume that if they lie in this statement, they may not be allowed to board the plane.
- Each airport will have a specific person designated to coordinate the activities and implementation of anti-COVID-19 security measures.
- Access to airports will only be allowed to passengers, flight crew and airport staff. Not the people who accompany the passengers. As an exception, persons accompanying passengers with disabilities, minors, etc. will be allowed to enter airports.
- Passengers are urged to check in online to avoid airport formalities as much as possible.
- Passengers will wear a mask from the entrance to the airport of departure to the exit of the airport of destination. Exceptions: security checks and border control. People with provable health problems and children under 6 are also exempt.
Such protective equipment can make you dangerous to others.
Sometimes protective fabric masks are equipped with a special valve. In this case, the mask works like this - you inhale air through filters and exhale it through a one-way valve. Thus, warm air comes out from under the mask faster, it becomes easier to breathe, the mask is easier to wear, and glasses will not fog up.
We put on masks for two reasons. Firstly, we hope that they will protect us from COVID-19 (however, disputes are still underway regarding the effectiveness of masks). Secondly, more importantly, the mask does not allow us to infect others, if we are sick and do not suspect it.
The valve allows free passage of air as it exhales. This means that an infected person will spread particles of the virus around him as if he weren’t wearing any protection at all.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend using masks and respirators with valves to prevent infection with this disease.
Such protection can be worn in conditions of smog, dust and smoke - for example, at a construction site or factory where harmful particles are floating in the air. But the mask with the valve will not stop the spread of the virus.
During quarantine people spend a lot of time online, Bemorepanda decided to collect some interesting websites for you to randomize your online life. Today we read a lot of news and are tired to watch the feed on our social media. It’s time to give yourself a break from all the breaking news and release stress.
Maybe you will get entertained to play a virtual piano or tetris.
Tetris is the well known game, playing some rounds can release your anxiety. It is a easy game that enjoys everyone. Piano is another online platform where you can try your musical skills or develop them. Turning your keyboard into a piano is really fun.
Live-streams of cute animals are enjoyed by everyone, LiveCam is the best option for you in this sphere. Lovely animals seen online brings happiness and increase your mood for the hole day. Animals are stress releasing, so if you don’t have a little buddy near you, just click the website and admire how a little puppy is playing.
Bubble wrap is real fun. Sometimes you have to pop some bubble wrap to feel better, so here you are. Other ambient sounds to wash away your distraction and relax yourself can be heard on A Soft MurMur. Here you can create your own white noise which will calm you.
For those who love drawing, Quick Draw is a cool website where you can draw whatever you want. Spending time useful if very important toda during quarantine. We have a lot of time and sometimes it’s really boring, that’s why you have to entertain yourself and stay positive.
What do you do when you feel a wave of romance encompass you whose magic is almost impossible to remove? You sit in your favorite and comfortable place with your partner or friends or just with yourself and enjoy beautiful, funny and loving moments, watching the best romantic comedies.
The Ugly Truth
Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl), a successful TV producer, finds a solution to just about every problem in the world, except for her sentimental life, which is a disaster. For his part, Mike (Gerard Butler) is a guy who knows how to say things by name and this is exactly what he has to do with his show about men's secrets. Even if they hate each other, the two are forced to work together. And so they make a pact.
Amy (Amy Adams) is a girl who leads a carefree life. She works for a men's magazine, has a bunch of cool friends and a lot of one-night adventures, because she's not the kind to get serious about a relationship. When she begins to fall in love with Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), the doctor about whom she has to write an article, all her principles about freedom, love and relationships are called into question.
Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) are best friends and want to be their whole lives side by side. An unexpected event, however, changes Rosie's plans and moves Alex in a completely opposite direction.
The Back-Up Plan
Jennifer Lopez plays the role of Zoe, a woman who, after countless failures in love, decides not to wait and become a mother on her own. The same day she goes to the artificial insemination office, she meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), who is instantly attracted to her.
Kate (Catherine Zeta Jones) is a skilled chef from Manhattan, for whom the kitchen is her playground, but also the place where she spends most of her time. Her life is changing when her boss hires an extremely charming sous chef, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), a rising star whose work methods are a little more ... extravagant.
All Roads Lead to Rome
If you count yourself among those who love Italy and holidays there, All Roads Lead to Rome is only worth seeing on a Sunday dedicated to relaxation. In an attempt to get closer to her rebellious daughter, Summer (Rosie Day), Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) decides to take her on a trip to Italy, where she fell in love for the first time many years ago.
Life as We Know It
Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel) hate each other passionately and nothing seems to help them reach a consensus. But when their best friends die in a road accident, the two must make peace in order to grow up with little Sophie, their fine daughter who has now become an orphan.
Friends with Benefits
From this list of romantic comedies could not miss Friends with Benefits, an important representative of the genre. Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) meet for the first time in professional interest, but soon they become best friends ... with benefits.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Andie's (Kate Hudson) mission is to find a man to get her slippers in ten days. Benjamin (Matthew McConaughey) bet is to make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. Who will win?
50 First Dates
Henry (Adam Sandler) falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore) at first sight. The only problem is that her memory disappears from day to day and she never remembers who he is.