The last several months (especially the past few days) have been filled with travel warnings, a high profile helicopter crash, and constant concerns about a troubled passenger jet.
I wonder: how will these events affect travelers’ habits? Are they affecting yours?
The US State Department issued a travel warning yesterday for Americans considering trips to or visiting China. Delta currently has a travel waiver in effect for two Chinese airports.
“Public health officials from the U.S. and China have warned people to expect many more infections,” says CBS News, “and there have been unconfirmed claims from anonymous health workers in China that many thousands more than their government is acknowledging could already be infected.”
Some readers asked me if they should wear surgical masks while traveling. (If you are concerned, sure.) Others are considering canceling trips — some of which are mileage runs — involving China.
“Extreme efforts are being taken to get the situation under control,” Miles said. “China has basically quarantined an entire province…with a population comparable to California and Florida combined. I’d rather take a wait and see approach rather than just react to the current happenings.” (Miles is also a Delta mileage run wizard at Juicy Miles.)
I don’t have any Chinese travel booked at the moment — and probably won’t for a while. On a side note, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see China Eastern prices to drop in the coming months. I suspect fares to China — and Asia, in general — may also be reduced at some point.
The Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash
I spent all day Sunday at STAPLES Center (“The House That Kobe Bryant Build”) for a GRAMMY Awards photoshoot. I was inside the arena when news broke about the helicopter crash that killed the retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar, his teenage daughter, and seven other people.
“I’m never getting into a helicopter,” said one media rep.
“Me, neither. Especially after this. They’re too dangerous,” replied another.
Others relayed stories about aerial sightseeing tours enjoyed aboard helicopters. (Such excursions are popular in Hawaii and Las Vegas.)
Knee jerk reactions? Perhaps.
The Kobe Bryant helicopter crash is horrific and heartbreaking. But it won’t sway me from getting on a helicopter again (at least, in optimal conditions), should the opportunity arise for a sightseeing adventure or something like that.
How about you?
This article, for what it’s worth, says helicopters are safer than cars. I’m sure the Comments section will be full of counter-arguments. 😉
The Boeing 737 MAX
Airlines may be able to resume MAX service in the fall or sooner.
Q3 is usually my peak Southwest Airlines travel season for my client who loves the Airline of LUV. So there’s a slight chance I’ll end up on a 737 MAX. Am I nervous?
Maybe a little. But the darn plane isn’t flying yet, so who knows if I’ll end up on a MAX.
Look, if a flight’s pilots are confident they’ll get home to their friends and families, then I take that as reliable assurance everything will be OK. And something tells me the 737 MAX — if it really does return to service — will be one of the safest aircraft ever. Boeing’s future pretty much relies on the MAX’s reputation.
But I admit: I get a slight pit in my stomach thinking about it…
What Do You Think?
Are you deviating from course? Or pressing on with your travels? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section.
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