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UPDATED 
JUNE 26, 2020
THINGS ARE NOT MUCH BETTER
When I wrote the first thing on coronavirus and the airlines, I was hoping that by now we would be getting ready for “normal” celebration of the 4th of July. As it looks now, we may be extremely lucky to have “normal” Christmas this year.

Why, with all the scientific advances and technological wonders, we cannot get a finger on the virus to create potent immunization, so we can return to life that resembles more the pre-virus era?

When I published the first write up, I got very positive response from a number of people. By far the nicest comment I got came from an American Airlines captain based at LAX:
Hi Tom,
I read your column on Covid-19 and the effect it will have on flight attendant hiring, and what to do if you're an aspiring F/A. I wanted to compliment you and say that some of your words of wisdom may apply to junior, new-hire pilots as well. Excellent job on your column, and on your website. I hope you, your wife and aging mother-in-law are staying isolated and healthy. Don't forget to protect yourself when you go out. I'm hoping that demand for air travel starts returning soon.
Kind Regards,
Ed Price
B-737 Captain
AA/LAX
​I wrote him back and asked for permission to publish his comment. He graciously agreed, and added that most of what I wrote about the future for flight attendants did, in fact, apply to most airline employees, and perhaps even to employees in other sectors.

As almost two months have passed since the first write up, situation is not improving. Is it getting worse? It is hard to tell, because now we have a greater availability of testing kits. But there are areas in the U.S. that still lack Intensive Care beds. More new cases are diagnosed, and mortality in this country remains at about 2% of diagnosed cases. I am saying “diagnosed” for a good reason: a lot of homeless or homebound people pass away but their “causes of death” are not disclosed. There simply is not enough manpower in our public morgues to handle that kind of autopsy case load. 

One has to wonder about the wisdom of people who just won’t stay at home unless they have to go out; the wisdom of people who even now (and in California under the Governor’s order) still won’t wear their masks when in public. They defy rules/laws about public gatherings with “it won’t happen to me” attitude. But crap happens, and it happens to people, not mountains. Recent nation-wide riots show that sound thinking among average Americans is missing. Recent Tulsa, OK, rally of President Trump showed that people are not just willing to congregate in thousands, sitting close together, a lot of them without masks, but they were even willing to pay entrance for that “spectacle.”

But I am not writing this to discuss politics. I would like to shed some light on how come this virus is so much more virulent than SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) of 2003 and why I think that the economical impact on all of us, but especially the airlines, will reach catastrophic dimensions.

All of us in aviation cheered the accord between the U.S. Government and airlines a few months ago. Over $50 billion were earmarked for the airlines alone, under one condition: that airlines will not lay off any employees currently on payroll. It seemed like an ultimate win-win situation, and it would have been, if only the virus did not persist. The agreement will expire by the end of September and it is clear now that even in September most airlines will not make the big bucks they expect from every summer season.

At a time when even tight-fisted airline like Spirit, which announced a trial for wider middle seats to give people some break, it looks that no airline profits are in sight. With “social distancing” as it is now, it is clear that no matter what, the best scenario for airlines to fly is to keep middle seats empty. Over all, it is estimated that airlines simply will not be able to fill seats to capacity. Most estimate that 60% occupancy is the tops, while we all know that about 75%-77% occupancy is needed just to break even. In short, even flights that will operate will be losing money if filled to the new “legal” maximum. And even that spacing will not eliminate the chance of catching the coronavirus, simply because the air system on the plane is not designed to trap viruses. It meets stringent guidelines for a high-rise office buildings air exchange, but there are no filters that filter out viruses. Current filters are efficient only for bacilli. So there is food for thought for Boeing and Airbus to look for an air filtration system that might be efficient even if viruses circulate in the air – and yet, even that will not completely eliminate the possibility of catching it in flight.

Looking at causes, one can only guess that the theory of the virus originated in the Chinese province of Wuhan was accurate. More important, perhaps, is why it has spread so fast, globally, to create the fastest moving pandemic in history (not the biggest, but fastest moving). Some politicians and physicians try to appease us by saying that the standard, run-of-the-mill flu claims more lives in the U.S. that the coronavirus so far has, despite the flu vaccine being available. They are right, but it’s not over till it’s over, and we’ll see at the end of the pandemic how the numbers compare.

Why has it spread so fast, and all over the globe? Again, without being politically inclined to judge any governments, there seems to be two factors that influenced the spread. One, it is the unprecedented economical growth of the People’s Republic of China, that has created an incredible network of air routes around the world with its own airlines, that just mushroomed in the last two decades. Two, it was unfortunately coinciding with the Chinese Lunar New Year, which traditionally leads to a huge peak in air travel, as Chinese people travel to congregate with their families.

Assuming that the virus originated in Wuhan – whether as an escapee from a lab or from an open-air market – the fact is that Wuhan is a metropolis that can compete in every way with U.S. cities, including air travel. While a part of China is stil living in the feudal times, Wuhan is a progressive, industrialized city, that also caters to ancient Chinese medicine. There are dozens of passenger flights from Wuhan to all points of the globe. And a single infected person can infect dozens of other passengers, who in turn infect others at their destination. 

To give you an idea what a transportation/industrial center Wuhan is, just look at a sampling of flights (not exhaustive): Dubai, Istanbul, Rome, Paris, London, Moscow, New York and San Francisco on the global scale; closer to home they are Seoul, Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Macau, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay and Sidney. Enough to assure spread of the virus in industrialized countries.

It makes you wonder how a country like Iran, with its tightly sealed borders, started the pandemic. Iran’s pandemic started in the city of Qom, an industrialized city of one million with a lot of infrastructure projects funded and engineered by the Chinese. Never mind that it is in defiance of any sanctions against Iran, the Chinese like to leave their footprint there. From Qom the infection spread like a fire to the whole of Iran and neighboring countries that tend to do business with the rogue state. Mahan Air, an Iranian company that transports primarily government officials and cargo between Tehran and China, has air lifted expatriated Iranians from China and returned Chinese back to China on several flights, but no one knows if those people have been tested for the virus before boarding or if the planes had any “deep cleaning” on their turn-arounds.

Since the Chinese government is courting many “underdeveloped” countries around the world, it is very likely that the most recent spread of the virus originated along similar lines.

That is not to say that U.S. airlines did not have a hand in the domestic and international spread. It took several weeks to realize the gravity of the new infection. As much as I never held any affection for unions, I was happy to see that this time the unions dug in their heels and protected flight attendants in that they finally were allowed to wear gloves and masks. I also appreciated the unions/flight attendants’ plea to the public to stop flying during the pandemic. I am not sure, but I believe that the pilots’ unions have done the same. 

Several months ago the U.S. government entered in an agreement with U.S. air carriers to provide a $50 billion support for the industry, under one condition. The airlines who took the offer would forfeit their right to lay off their employees, and they’d keep them on payroll till (at least) the end of September. Most airlines took the offer and agreed. But they did offer early retirement to their employees. Delta’s employees have until the end of August to submit their early retirement applications. It is unlikely, however that enough people will take it, and after September we may see a huge furlough wave at all airlines that took the offer.

That will happen even if the airlines restore their pre-coronavirus routes and frequency, because at the 60%-66% maximum occupancy (social distancing being implemented), each flight will be a financial loss. The government will not be able to support the airlines for ever. Something has got to give. 

One thing is that the U.S. government will take partial or full equity in the airlines that are deemed necessary for service within the U.S. and abroad. That means more mergers, fewer airlines and lower frequency of flights to some destinations (mainly the underserved destinations). That also means that the government might put in the helm of the airlines people who know nothing about air travel, and the airline service will go the way our Social Service Insurance or motor vehicles offices. Never forget the airline ticket agreement – it has always promised to get you from point A to point B, but it does not have to be in one day. It can take a week, involve train or bus rides, and you can’t sue them.

Smarter airlines would roll with the punches. They’d let people go, and they’d might orchestrate further mergers. That reminds me of a cartoon in LA Times decades ago, when we were rolling from SARS – there was a B747 flying into the sunset and the caption said “...and then there was just one airline...” That was after the merger of Boeing with Douglas-McDonnell Corporation. And the name? Possibly “United American Delta Airlines?”

Enter the “open skies” agreement from many years ago, and you can see the invasion of government-sponsored airlines like the Emirates, Qatar or Etihad. They can bleed as long as their respective governments can make money in oil. American, Delta or United can’t. I know I paint the blackest picture there is, but it is not impossible. It is the worst scenario. The joker in the pack is the time it takes to develop a vaccine and treatment for people who are affected by this virus problem or to prevent it altogether.

I can appreciate the problems President Trump and our Government are facing. I know that most Democrats despise Trump as the worst evil to hit this country. I agree he should keep his mouth shut and engage his brain (or others’ brain) before he talks. He is his worst enemy. But I also have to credit him with many good things he has done in the last 3 years, which is something the Democrats are reluctant to acknowledge. Biden will not save this country; he will just put our problems in a different perspective. We, as Americans, are in trouble, possibly the biggest trouble of all times, and it is not the fault of the politicians, Democrats or Republicans. It is not the “Act of God” absolving airlines of proper refunds. It’s something that happens every now and then and we all get screwed. It’s also the fact that not all people care enough about everyone else.

I have not changed my mind about what you should consider now. Maybe I am too optimistic, but I still believe we will come out of this with minimal damage. And if you are a pessimist, then I just can revert to the old saying: “A pessimist is the optimist with life experience” as it applies to all of us, whether we aspire to work for the airlines or just find a job to secure a decent living. I am reprinting the original article below, because it is as true now as it was two months ago – if you are optimistic as I am. Thanks for dropping by. 
Tom Janovsky

The original article written two months ago – still very relevant.
TIME TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF AND RE-THINK YOUR PLANS
A different “moment of truth,” a term coined by the SAS former CEO Jan Carlzon, has arrived. Do you want to fly badly enough that you might be willing to put your life on the line? It is a simple question when you ask a fighter pilot, but it is a lot more involved if you ask a flight attendant, particularly if he or she has a family.

Just as the airlines were running and humming making profit to the tune of billions of dollars and the U.S. economy was soaring to unprecedented highs, everything came to a standstill. The eerie feeling we had experienced during 9/11 and SARS epidemic found a stealthy way into our lives. All due to a new virus from the SARS family, yet a lot more potent and virulent, and deadly to thousands in most countries, totaling at the time of this writing well over 1.5 million deaths, and the number is still growing. Hundreds of U.S. flight attendants have been infected now and Paul Frishkorn, an American Airlines veteran flight attendant, was the first to pass away from the virus in mid-March. 

It took weeks for the airlines to realize the severity of the problem. Finally, flights were decreased to 
a bare minimum, flight attendants are given hospital-grade face masks and gloves and are urged to cut contact with passengers to a minimum.passengers to minimum

If you have entertained becoming a flight attendant-steward-stewardess-cabin crew – whatever you chose to call those of us who look after passengers on the plane – you need to ask yourself how much you really want that job, and are you willing to take the risks.

Dealing with terrorists actually may be a little bit easier than dealing with a rapidly spreading infection. You see the enemy with their weapons; the virus is invisible, takes a while to incubate and may hit our body with deathly force days or weeks after our exposure.

When I was in nursing school, I learned a few important things about infectious diseases. One was that while antibiotics were highly effective against bacilli, they did not work well against viruses. The second one was that it was not just the presence of the “bug,” but the number a person had in his/her body. Last, some reproduce faster than others, and some are more vicious than others. Not every “host” (a person affected by the bug) has the same immune system. That’s why we see that possibly 85% of the coronavirus dead are elderly with diminished immune system.

Those of us who have been flying during 9/11 and SARS remember well how long it took to get airlines back up to speed, and we know that this time it will take a lot longer. Most airlines – big and small – have already forgotten how they begged people to fly again after we worked on almost empty planes for months after the attacks. Yet, it did not take too long when planes filled again after 9/11 and airlines started to nickel-and-dime passengers. It brought airlines new billions in revenue, and inconvenience and extra expenses to passengers. Airline executives understand that this time around the negative effect of the virus will last a lot longer and promptly asked the government for a bailout.

Unlike before, however, this time the government - though opened to supporting the airline industry - does not plan to just “give” the airlines cash and loans; the government will require this time that either the airlines will pay back in some way or the government may take a stake in the bailed out companies. It would be nice if the government took this opportunity and re-wrote some regulations governing airlines, so when they are up and running, they won’t be able to milk the public again.

Currently, most airlines have cut their flights by 80-90%, both domestically and internationally. Some planned to furlough employees, but fortunately for us one of the conditions here in the U.S. was that if an airline gets government help, they have to keep people on payroll at least till the end of September, though the checks may be less. That’s better than the layoffs without compensation we got after 9/11 and SARS. That’s not stopping the airlines from asking employees to take leaves of absence without pay, early retirement or outright asking for a resignation where it is possible. So what can we expect?

First of all, one has to realistically look at the potential of the virus, projecting data from China, S. Korea, Spain and Italy since the beginning of December 2019 and consider that despite the fact that the Chinese number of infections is going slowly down now, a new wave is coming in from people returning to China from their travels abroad. So, in all fairness, unless there is a significant break in developing a vaccine and medications that might stop it and cure those that have been affected, the virus will be still “well and alive” in the U.S. in August or September, and we’ll be lucky if it is wiped out by next Christmas. I am not saying this lightly. I am saying this from my experience not just as a flight attendant during SARS and 9/11 but also as a 22-year nursing veteran, before I started flying.

It means that most airline hiring will remain frozen for months into 2021. Based on all this, and experience from aviation during 9/11 and SARS, which I remember all too well, we can expect airlines to do the following in the second half of this year:

Offer more unpaid leave of absence (LOA)
Significant furloughs if there are not enough LOA applicants
Early retirement will be offered
Possibly more domestic airline mergers 
Possibly, though unlikely, mergers among international airlines
Significant reduction of routes both nationally and internationally by all airlines in comparison with routes flown before the virus hit the world
More airlines going bankrupt

These changes would probably occur after September 30, 2020 when airlines will not be bound by the agreement with U.S. government if they are stable enough to avoid further government financial life support.

If and when routes start expanding again, there will be probably a wave of rehiring people who were either on an unpaid leave or furloughed (going by their respective seniority), and when it may be happening will vary. It will depend on the industry rebound, which will be definitely slower that after 9/11, and on the number of employees that were affected. It is because of these variables that one cannot tell at this time when hiring of new employees might occur. But that window might be as long as 5 years, like what we have seen after American Airlines absorbed TWA, though it was a different situation.

If you are currently a flight attendant and have low seniority (1-5 years, depending on the company), your chances at being furloughed (laid off) are fairly high, and you should not rely on living on unemployment when the time comes. If you feel that you might be getting the pink slip after September (or sooner), start looking for jobs elsewhere. In fact, it is a good idea to do it very seriously and diligently now, because a lot of the very senior flight attendants from other bases will be moving to bases where they may have a better chance of holding a line. Some bases, inevitably, will also be closing. That applies to most airlines with a significant number of flight attendants. 

There will be a big number of furloughed people looking for jobs; not just you as a flight attendant, but also people from other industries. The best advice I could give you is to find a job where demand and surplus does not fluctuate as much. Do some research on jobs in your area. You may like to take a few courses to qualify better for what there is. Do not wait till the ax falls and you’ll have to go on unemployment. Unemployment pickings are pretty slim and they are not forever. Also, it is easier to find a better job if you hold a job, rather than if you were on unemployment.

Keep in mind that some of the very senior flight attendants will be reluctant to retire, because from what I have seen, very few have any nest egg. Most of them have not thought about retirement till they grew older, and that is usually a little late to create substantial savings or investments. Most of them have lived from paycheck to paycheck.

So what does it mean for you, someone who just started thinking seriously about becoming a flight attendant? 

It depends. One of the variables is your age. If you are 50-55 and waited till kids are on their own before you apply for the flight attendant job, your chances of ever landing that job are now pretty slim. By the time the industry is up and running again, you will be a few years older. It is likely that airlines, though it is officially illegal in the U.S., will be looking for younger people. Why is that? 

Even if you are a healthy 55 young person now, you’ll be closer to 60 when there are new openings. Your health may not be the same, and you certainly (or at least theoretically) will not give your prospective airline the same amount of years as a 25-year old. The first signs of a life-time “wear-and-tear” on your body will be more pronounced, and being a flight attendant requires good physical stamina. You do not want to work for a few years and end up on disability (it does happen).

If you are 20-35 years old, you have great chances – eventually. It would be great (if you are serious enough) to start getting ready for the application and interview process now when you are not pressured, and see if the job is really for you, with all its ups and downs, like today’s situation. It never hurts to be prepared and ready. Make sure you have a good resume ready, keep your passport current, have all documents in order and all in one place. Because when hiring starts, there may be only a 24-hour window on the internet when to apply and you’ll need to have all these things ready, and be ready for any question in your interviews.

And, in a culture like ours in the U.S., chances are that right now you live from paycheck to paycheck and have some balance on your credit cards. Use the “waiting time” to get into a better financial shape and save up enough so you can tide over the first three months after you start airline training. You will most certainly not be paid for training by the airlines like it used to be. Airlines know they will have enough applicants to stop paying them at the end of training. 

You may not get the first paycheck for some 30 days after you leave training. It won’t be a huge paycheck. You need to be able to stay financially afloat. Tighten up your belt now and start saving, this is a good time to do it. Restaurants are closed, movie houses and bars are closed, most countries overseas are closed to vacationers, so stay home and save.

But most of all, take care of yourself and do your part in getting us all through this catastrophic period in a good shape. Maintain the “6 feet social distancing” as long as it is needed. I liked New York’s Governor Cuomo’s slogan: “Keep six feet apart or you’ll end up six feet under.” 

Follow the government strictest requirements – it does not matter whether it is local, county, state or federal government - stick to the strictest rules to improve your chances. Remember that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth protects both you and those around you when you go outside. Some states see the light and order compulsory face masks, under heavy penalties. 

Help those who can’t do much for themselves, disabled people or the elderly in your neighborhood. We all are in it together – that’s not just a catchy slogan, it is the sad truth. Do as much shopping as you have to at one time to stay at home most of the time (self-quarantine works both for the young and the old).

For all of us, the most important task and goal now is to get through this pandemic healthy. And when we do, you’ll see the rest “is a detail.”

Tom Janovsky
Midnight Flight Airways

If you have questions or comments, contact me through this website or e-mail me at tomjanovsky@yahoo.com

WEAR THAT MASK!
And keep the distance, all 6 feet of it, please.
It’s hard to believe that while thousands have died in several states and countries, there are still states in this (U.S.) country that have not made any strict recommendations or laws to slow the spread of the “virus.” They probably have not heard the saying that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Midnight Flight is in Los Angeles, CA. We have enough cases of the coronavirus here in L.A. and California to take it seriously, yet from the window of my office I see many people not wearing masks and walking in groups. I see the same thing when I walk my dog twice a day. And yet those two simple things could save thousands of lives, literarily. Please, help by doing it. You don’t want your hometown end up like New York. The sooner we all do it, the sooner we will beat the virus, with the hope it won’t come back if we do it right. If nothing else, it will buy time for researchers to develop and test vaccination and treatment for the virus. And it may give a break to overworked (and at times dying) hospital, Police and Fire Departments personnel to regroup. It is an enormous drain on one’s stamina, as only a person who has been in an open battle with lots of casualties can attest to.

Don’t get caught in the “it’s not going to happen to me” attitude, viruses do not discriminate. Do it for yourself and for those you love.

Chin up and keep your hope. I hope that your dream of flying is not shattered; it is just postponed like most everything in our lives today. Time is ticking away, and if you are past 55, you may see your dream slipping away. But if you are younger, this amounts to a tremendous oportunity, it does not mean you have to give up on it. Look at the bright side: you have more time to get ready for the vital interview(s) when the time to ride the skies comes again.