While many things have returned to normal since the arrival of COVID-19, one aspect of American life remains tricky. it’s a trip. But that might not be too bad.
Significant decrease in air travel 2020 It’s no secret. But three years after the pandemic first started, the airline is still suffering.
A lack of available staff remains a devastating obstacle for Southwest Airlines. With the effects of the “triple disease” (a term recently developed to describe the unfortunate simultaneous presence of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and COVID-19) and the onslaught of devastating winter storms, the Southwest We were unable to adapt to the sudden shortage of staff. During a recent vacation.of Airlines We have had to cancel 16,700 flights in the last 10 days of 2022, taking an incredible economic hit.
Plus, from an airplane passenger’s perspective, it’s hard to find a worse night than being stuck in an airport filled with the unpleasant combination of coffee breath and no toothbrush.
More seriously, for people who rely on airlines to visit work, school, or family, travel disruptions can affect appointment times with loved ones and the ability to get home. there is.
In the summer of 2021, Ian Phillips, a junior in business administration with a focus on hospitality and tourism management, had a terrifying experience while traveling with American Airlines.
“I was stuck at the Dallas International Airport for 14 hours…flights were reversed four times and then cancelled…I slept on the table and then on the floor,” Phillips said.
But Phillips doesn’t blame COVID-19 entirely for his bad luck. Sometimes aggravating situations simply occur.
“The infrastructure has not returned to its pre-COVID state of securing flights to destinations,” Phillips said. “Yes, I think COVID was a factor, but it was also kind of like the weather.”
As there are two sides to the coin, the inconvenience of travel these days may have its benefits.
according to Research in 2022 As for changes in ultrafine particle concentrations (indicative of air pollution), air pollution has been directly impacted and is declining along with airlines, as flight activity has remained lower than normal since before the pandemic.
COVID-19 also introduces helpful air travel tips. For example, hours of poor ventilation near strangers and wearing a mask might not be such a bad idea.
Of course, after three years of increasing depression and loneliness among us humans, it seems like no better time to travel quickly and easily. For many families, the links that accessible travel provides are very important.
Most importantly, therefore, COVID-19 has forced us to think about travel, and all aspects of our lives that have been disrupted by it, and how it affects us and the people around us. It’s gone.
When our soul needs it, we must travel: to satisfy our wanderlust, to build our future, or to connect with those we were meant to be close to. So the joy of getting there far outweighs any difficulties you may encounter along the way.
Over time, the travel woes caused by COVID-19 will return to normal. Until then, keep an open mind and be patient.