Many of you have asked whether Cranky Dorkfest will still be happening on September 12 or not. Just this week NYCAviation canceled its #SpotLAX2020 that weekend, so I figured the time was right for an update.
Cranky Dorkfest is not canceled… yet.
The way I see it, this event started off as barely an event at all. The point was to just show up, eat In-N-Out burgers, watch airplanes, and talk shop. If Cranky Dorkfest happens this year, it will be just that.
This means that I’m not going to work on airport tours with LAX or special dining events in the terminal. I’m not even going to solicit for raffle items. I just feel weird asking an airline to donate swag a couple weeks before massive layoffs are likely.
If the event happens on September 12, it will be the basics. It is outdoors, which is good, and I would expect people to keep their distance. I would also demand full mask-wearing compliance , or I’ll just ask some flight attendants to come and throw you out of the park.
All this being said, I still can’t tell you if it will happen or not. I just know that we have two months to see how the world unfolds, and with no planning necessary, I can wait to see if anything changes by then.
Even though I don’t need to plan, I’m aware some of you do. Many have asked whether I think they should buy plane tickets or not, but I don’t have a definite answer. If you want to take a chance, you can. Change fees are waived anyway, so worst case you end up with a full future credit. But for a lot of people, there are probably far better places to spend that money right now, especially in this industry where job cuts are looming.
I imagine if Cranky Dorkfest does happen this year, it’s going to be a whole lot smaller. I hope that I’ll be able to see at least a couple of you there, but I won’t make that call for awhile yet.
In the meantime, stay masked, stay distant (when you can), and stay healthy.