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Is anyone actually flying AC domestic or international in these Covid-filled days?

Old Aug 21, 21, 6:45 pm
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Is anyone actually flying AC domestic or international in these Covid-filled days?

Old Jun 20, 20, 6:26 pm
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I've been using those sanitizers I got from AC last week in the past few days.

I previously knocked the Ecological hand sanitizer, and stand by that. Even with very small quantities, it always seems to leave some residue.
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Used the Bacti Control recently though, and that one is decent.
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Old Jun 20, 20, 7:07 pm
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Originally Posted by EdmFlyBoi
How does one wear their mask when eating...
Like this
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Old Jun 20, 20, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by EdmFlyBoi
How does one wear their mask when eating...
It doesn't specify where you have to wear it, so maybe you can just wear it around your forehead?
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Old Jun 21, 20, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by EdmFlyBoi
First flight yesterday YEG-YVR. Could have fired a cannon through the airport it was so quiet. Flight was full in both cabins (although the aisle seats were all blocked in economy). No service in either cabin. Not an especially pleasant experience. Don't think I am at all interested in flying long haul until service in J returns (which may not be for a long time).
Were you on 242 (11:50 flight)? AC check-in at YEG was packed, with long lines in both the Priority and regular sections. Screening was almost empty, and the concourse was quiet, but steady flow of people. This flight was also full in J & in Y, except for middle seats.
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Old Jun 21, 20, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by CZAMFlyer
Were you on 242 (11:50 flight)? AC check-in at YEG was packed, with long lines in both the Priority and regular sections. Screening was almost empty, and the concourse was quiet, but steady flow of people. This flight was also full in J & in Y, except for middle seats.
No I was on the evening flight - 242 is an eastbound flight number btw so I suspect you mean 241. The flight I was on was full but check in and security were pretty empty.
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Old Jun 21, 20, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by EdmFlyBoi
No I was on the evening flight - 242 is an eastbound flight number btw so I suspect you mean 241. The flight I was on was full but check in and security were pretty empty.
You're right - I mistyped the number.
By no means were the airports busy, but compared to the numbers of people traveling a month ago - it's positively bustling!
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Old Jun 21, 20, 9:33 pm
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Today. AC8270 YCD-YVR 35pax
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Old Jun 25, 20, 9:55 am
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TD AP Visa free bag=manual checkin still!

I need to fly to YYZ next week to assist with ailing elderly parents. If it wasnt for this,
I wouldnt even think of flying right now. Reading all of the procedures for checkin, boarding & flying
on the AC website and I was prepared for a "no-touch" seamless experience with online checkin,
bag drop, priority boarding etc etc when I realized if I want my free checked bag I need to see the agent
so they can manually override the bag charge with the TD credit card. I wish they could get this
on automatic after how many years! ( I havent flown on an award ticket for a while so I assume this is still the case)
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Old Jun 25, 20, 10:34 am
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Originally Posted by muskoka
I need to fly to YYZ next week to assist with ailing elderly parents. If it wasnt for this,
I wouldnt even think of flying right now. Reading all of the procedures for checkin, boarding & flying
on the AC website and I was prepared for a "no-touch" seamless experience with online checkin,
bag drop, priority boarding etc etc when I realized if I want my free checked bag I need to see the agent
so they can manually override the bag charge with the TD credit card. I wish they could get this
on automatic after how many years! ( I havent flown on an award ticket for a while so I assume this is still the case)
Some airports, if not airlines, are currently working on overcoming this very concern. They have been innovating for years, but are accelerating their efforts due to the pandemic. Their aim is to convert many airport tasks to 'contact-free' so that touching common surfaces & exchanging items between people falls to a minimum. Kiosks, bag drops, printing boarding passes & bag tags...the list goes on. Frankly, much of it is pure theatre in a desperate attempt to encourage people to fly (ie: spend money) who may otherwise feel it's unsafe to do so. The current airport experience is no different than making a trip to the grocery store or any other public place in terms of exposure to a virus. The main improvements made (in airports and every other place) have been the hyper-awareness of hand-washing, regular cleaning of surfaces, the wearing of masks and the reduction in sick people venturing out of their homes. All but the mask usage should have been drilled into us since infanthood. Mandatory temperature checks, blocked middle seats and a reliance upon passengers to be honest in answering questions about their pre-flight activity are a farce and only increases expense to the airlines themselves with very little benefit in preventing viral transmission. They're worthwhile steps to minimize risk to possible litigation, but not to prevent community spread.

As with so many issues, fear and ignorance are the main drivers, while self-education and common-sense actions will help us reduce the possibility of becoming infected.

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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by muskoka
( I havent flown on an award ticket for a while so I assume this is still the case)
Not a reasonable assumption given that they have an entirely new system running.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:33 pm
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Anyone know what's the COVID-19 catering like in domestic lie-flat J? (777 / 787) (e.g. YYZ-YVR)
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Old Jun 25, 20, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by cooleddie
Anyone know what's the COVID-19 catering like in domestic lie-flat J? (777 / 787) (e.g. YYZ-YVR)
Detailed upthread. Lie-flat is irrelevant at the moment, same crappy chicken wrap. Best to BYOF or eat beforehand.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 1:22 pm
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I have an upcoming flight next week. I booked economy and have 25K status from the promo Aeroplan recently ran. I can't understand why I would use 5 credits + $75 co-pay to upgrade. It's just a short flight from YEG-YVR.

-no lounge
-no food or drinks

I can't think of any reason business class is better than economy for this kind of flight. If Air Canada is trying to get people flying again, offering zero service isn't helping.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by splicer100
I can't think of any reason business class is better than economy for this kind of flight. If Air Canada is trying to get people flying again, offering zero service isn't helping.
lol, they want me to bid-upgrade $375 minimum for a 4 hour domestic on an A220 (cost <$200). Good luck with that AC
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Old Jun 25, 20, 2:02 pm
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Originally Posted by splicer100
I can't think of any reason business class is better than economy for this kind of flight. If Air Canada is trying to get people flying again, offering zero service isn't helping.
There's not really much point unless you get a lay flat and it's a red eye. Otherwise, agreed - without services it's not really worth it. You are better to go with Y and if you're paying real $, buy a Comfort fare with full refundability.
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