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calendar   Tuesday - January 28, 2020

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ITEOTWAWKI Phase 1

United Airlines Suspends Flights To China

United Airlines is suspending some of its flights to China as coronavirus fears have led to a “decline in demand for travel” to the country.
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On Tuesday, the airliner stated that it will be canceling flights from San Francisco International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia for the first week of February.

“Due to a significant decline in demand for travel to China, we are suspending some flights between our hub cities and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 8. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will adjust our schedule as needed,” said a statement to Fox News.

United Airlines, meanwhile, has also expanded its travel waivers to ticketholders scheduled to fly to Beijing, Chengdu or Shanghai before Feb. 29, waiving the change fee for any travel scheduled before that time.

United travelers with tickets to Wuhan through March 29 are also eligible for refunds — “even for nonrefundable tickets,” the airline writes.

News of the cancellations comes a day after the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 advisory (Reconsider Travel) for China. The department further issued a Level 4 advisory (Do Not Travel) for the entire Hubei province, the capital of which is Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.

Without a doubt other airlines will soon follow suit. Hell, would you even get on an airplane that has been to China lately? Even if the thing reeks of Clorox and Lysol and they wave around “Level 5 Decontamination” documents ... would you believe them? They’re screwed, and they know it. Cruise ships are no different; expect that industry to be mothballed for a few years at least. Even if you could get in your car and drive to one of those awesome resorts down Mexico way, once the New Plague hits there, will you go? Hell. No.

This epidemic is going to have a world-wide major economic impact. Tourism to the Orient is already drastically lower, losing those nations billions. As the virus spreads global travel will decrease to the newly infected areas. Within a relatively short time imports and exports will suffer as well. The tech industry will be brought to a standstill, as every computer, telephone, TV, and electronic gizmo in the world is made over there somewhere.

I really hope this is a temporary thing, an overreaction is our utterly risk-averse society. If it isn’t, we’re going to see a return to isolationism and a growth of Fortress America. A whole generation has grown up playing zombie apocalypse video games, subliminally preparing them.

Naturally everyone’s economies will tank. Every nation will have to become self-sufficient with food and fuel, and utterly averse to immigration and foreign tourism. Those that don’t will die.

I don’t know where this can go or will go. But I can envision Empty Zones, and sanitizing nuclear attacks if it really goes off the deep end and into the abyss. I can see nations breaking apart and the fall of cities chock full of welfare dependents and recent immigrants. Nightmare scenarios.

Damn, I’m just Pollyanna Sunshine, ain’t I?



UPDATE: British Airways Too

British Airways ceased all of its direct flights to and from mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak—with the decision coming after the United Kingdom advised against “all but essential” travel to the rest of the country on Tuesday.

When logging into BA.com, the official website for the airline, it currently shows no direct flights to the country—with a posted notice, “Sorry, there are no direct flights for this route, flights with connections are below.”

“We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” BA said in an emailed statement to Reuters on Wednesday. “Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on BA.com.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the decision to advise against traveling to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao) was due to the restrictions of movement placed by the government in response to the outbreak.

“It may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so,” the FCO said. “If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed.”



ANOTHER UPDATE: US Evacuees Sent To Military Base. Quarantine?

A plane carrying about 201 U.S. citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus—has landed in the U.S. after it was diverted Tuesday to California’s March Air Reserve Base “for the logistics that they have,” an official said.

The Boeing 747 with red and gold stripes and no passenger windows was initially headed to Ontario International Airport in California. It landed in Alaska at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday night—before it refueled and took off for California.  Every passenger passed the screenings.

“The whole plane erupted in cheers when the crew said, ‘Welcome home to the United States,’” Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said.
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The individuals on board the flight were set to be screened before take off, monitored during the flight by medical personnel and screened again when the plane landed at a fueling stop in Anchorage, AK.

“[The passengers would be] monitored on the last leg of the flight by medical personnel on board; evaluated upon arrival at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California; and then monitored for symptoms post-arrival,” the CDC added.

The lobby in the international terminal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was nearly empty Tuesday afternoon, and an airport employee was seen jogging through though the facility that has closed counters for companies like Korean Air, China Airlines and Asiana Airlines.


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