Cranky on the Web: More Coronavirus, So Much Coronavirus, and Coronavirus Wifi

Cranky on the Web

Aviation industry stands to lose up to $113 billion from coronavirus effectKTVU

More coronvirus talk. So much coronavirus talk. But hey, now you get to watch me.

Delta trims capacity 15% as coronavirus cuts into travelThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Add another one to the pile. It’s really all we can talk about now.

Q&A: What you need to know about Trump’s travel ban from Europe due to coronavirusUSA Today
I had this conversation right after the president made his speech, but only later did we find out the details. I stand by the belief that flights will be slashed, even if Americans are technically allowed to fly to Europe and back.

One small perk of the coronavirus outbreak: Faster airplane Wi-FiFast Company
Finally, not coronavirus! Ok, the headline mentions it, but this is really about future technology.

3 comments on “Cranky on the Web: More Coronavirus, So Much Coronavirus, and Coronavirus Wifi

  1. I think this is the right move for Delta (and the industry).  My guess is that it’s still not enough.  If you could do a story on how full flights are this week, that would give insight on how much cutting is needed.
    Also, Delta’s announced cutting is (IMHO) a double edged sword.  I don’t dare book a Delta flight right now, even if I HAVE to travel.  I know that there is at least a 50% chance that any flight will be cancelled or moved to a different time, perhaps with down-gauged equipment.  (Perhaps even 757 to regional jet?)  When will Delta have a new schedule operational, so that I can book with some minimal degree of confidence?  (I still would only book a few weeks out, as I expect even deeper cuts in the months to come.) I have searched for detailed articles on the cuts, and find nothing even in detailed sources like AJC and WSJ.
    I look forward to your insights on these topics in future columns.

  2. I would love to get your take on the reported crowded conditions for incoming international travelers. I heard this was due to the detailed tests being administered to each individual entering the country, resulting in hours of waiting in crowded conditions- exactly what we don’t want for containing the coronavirus. Is this exaggerated reporting? Is it happening occasionally? Sometimes? Most of the time? Thanks for your thoughts!

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