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Coronavirus Kills United Airlines EWR Employee; Two Others Test Positive

Coronavirus Kills United Airlines EWR Employee; Two Others Test Positive

Old Mar 25, 20, 4:03 pm
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Coronavirus Kills United Airlines EWR Employee; Two Others Test Positive

Hello,

This was shared on my Facebook thread today. I'm afraid we will too soon learn of others who meet the same fate. God Speed.

Coronavirus Kills United Airlines EWR Employee

SAP

*If this is not the appropriate thread for this my apologies in advance.
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Old Mar 25, 20, 4:16 pm
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Rest In Peace. Hard to fathom the speed between diagnosis and death.
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Old Mar 25, 20, 5:06 pm
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RIP!

People needs to take it seriously!

My former family doctor in South Florida passed away from Coronavirus earlier today from being infected by patient he loved and cared for.

To all frontline UA employees: Please Stay Safe!
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Old Mar 25, 20, 5:49 pm
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He could have gotten infected anywhere
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Old Mar 25, 20, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by mcbg1 View Post
He could have gotten infected anywhere
true, but he is still dead. why does it matter where he was infected?????
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Old Mar 25, 20, 7:41 pm
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We need to shut down all domestic commercial flights. They can keep flights open for cargo, but it is not worth risking the lives of airline employees to make a dollar. Just as we are shutting down restaurants air travel should have already been shut down. Very sorry for the loss!
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Old Mar 25, 20, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Pi7473000 View Post
We need to shut down all domestic commercial flights. They can keep flights open for cargo, but it is not worth risking the lives of airline employees to make a dollar. Just as we are shutting down restaurants air travel should have already been shut down. Very sorry for the loss!
I was driving past the airport yesterday and a lonely AA flight was entering the runway for takeoff. I loved planes my entire life and still enjoy watching planes take off and land. Every single time. But my heart sank yesterday. I miss the industry for what it used to be. I want it to bounce back so very much.
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Old Mar 25, 20, 9:42 pm
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Are there any more details on the UA flight attendant that died from COVID-19?
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Old Mar 25, 20, 9:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy View Post
Are there any more details on the UA flight attendant that died from COVID-19?
I haven't heard of any cabin crew deaths due to Covid-19 - what have you heard?
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Old Mar 25, 20, 10:24 pm
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One transmission source I wonder is the boarding pass and boarding pass scanner.

It seems the face-down scanners (your barcode faces down) would get more contacts than the face-up scanners. Most of the domestic UA scanners I have seen are face-down.

My last UA flight was on 2/28. Have they implemented any changes on that front recently (e.g. remind people to not have their phone / BP touch the scanner)?
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Old Mar 25, 20, 10:44 pm
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One transmission source I wonder is the boarding pass and boarding pass scanner.

It seems the face-down scanners (your barcode faces down) would get more contacts than the face-up scanners. Most of the domestic UA scanners I have seen are face-down.

My last UA flight was on 2/28. Have they implemented any changes on that front recently (e.g. remind people to not have their phone / BP touch the scanner)?
A handheld scanner would perhaps be safer, AS has been using tablets (kind of awkward due to size) at some airports/gates for a while (pre-covid).

Are there any changes at TSA? Or do people still “drop” their phone on the scanner?
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Old Mar 26, 20, 2:02 pm
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I was really sad to hear this news - probably the first of many airline employees who will be impacted by the virus as they keep the country connected through this crisis

Originally Posted by Pi7473000 View Post
We need to shut down all domestic commercial flights. They can keep flights open for cargo, but it is not worth risking the lives of airline employees to make a dollar. Just as we are shutting down restaurants air travel should have already been shut down. Very sorry for the loss!
Let's be very clear - passenger airlines are not continuing to operate to "make a dollar" - they're realistically losing a lot of money on every flight they run, and they continue to operate as a public service to keep essential personnel and goods moving around the country.

A great example is enabling air cargo airlines (UPS, FedEx, DHL, Amazon Air, etc.) to continue operation - It's not so trivial to "keep flights open for cargo" without domestic passenger service since pilots for cargo airlines rely on passenger flights to commute to/from home and also for deadhead legs (very common in the air cargo industry due to pilot contractual provisions to protect circadian rhythms of pilots during overnight flying periods).

Grounding passenger flights would immediately have severe impacts on supply chains across the country. Mail service would be severely delayed, companies like Amazon wouldn't be able to deliver goods to customers in need in a timely manner, pharmaceutical companies wouldn't be able to quickly move medical supplies to hospitals and pharmacies, etc.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 9:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy View Post
Are there any more details on the UA flight attendant that died from COVID-19?
May be confusing this with https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...suspected.html
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Old Mar 27, 20, 3:08 am
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Unfortunately there has been a UA F/A death as well.
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Old Mar 27, 20, 9:25 am
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Unfortunately there has been a UA F/A death as well.
and Rest In Peace
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