PsyPost: Study uncovers severe mental health issues among flight attendants at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

PsyPost: Study uncovers severe mental health issues among flight attendants at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Flight attendants who were grounded at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic showed severe symptoms of depression and stress, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Those who were flying during this time showed severe symptoms of anxiety.”

Colorado Sun: Colorado man accused of refusing to wear mask, then urinating on Denver-bound flight

Colorado Sun: Colorado man accused of refusing to wear mask, then urinating on Denver-bound flight. “A Colorado man accused of disrupting an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Denver by refusing to wear a mask and then standing up and urinating in the cabin faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew and attendants that carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.”

Wired: The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic

Wired: The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic. “Delta, which previously boarded passengers according to ticket classes and mileage club memberships, is loading the airplane back to front, so that flyers don’t pass by others as they make their way to their seats. After preboarding families and passengers that need extra time, United is going back-to-front too. Even Southwest, famous for letting passengers choose their seats, is only letting 10 passengers on at a time, instead of the usual 30. The process is certainly slower, but Southwest, and other airlines, have far fewer passengers these days.”

Simple Flying: Lufthansa Set To Ban Cloth Masks Onboard From February

Simple Flying: Lufthansa Set To Ban Cloth Masks Onboard From February. “Flying with airlines is typically seen as relatively safe given that most have mandatory mask policies and hospital-grade HEPA filters onboard. However, governments and airlines have become increasingly alarmed by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is once again bringing European skies to a standstill. As such, Lufthansa is changing its mask policy in line with the latest government recommendations in Germany.”

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database. “On December 15, 2020, the EASA launched the Aircraft Noise Certificate or Equivalent Noise Documentation (ANC) database, where the aircraft operators will provide the necessary information about the noise levels. The collected data will be available to airports, air navigation service providers, and other European authorities for operational purposes.”

BuzzFeed News: Airlines Say Flying During COVID-19 Is Safe. The Science Isn’t Quite So Certain.

BuzzFeed News: Airlines Say Flying During COVID-19 Is Safe. The Science Isn’t Quite So Certain.. “Research shows that the virus can float indoors in tiny particles and infect those nearby. The good news: Studies suggest that the chances of inhaling these aerosols and catching COVID-19 on a plane are low, thanks in large part to powerful ventilation systems and strict mask-wearing requirements. But the risk is not zero.”

Straits Times: SIA applies self-disinfecting coating in planes as it prepares to carry more passengers

Straits Times: SIA applies self-disinfecting coating in planes as it prepares to carry more passengers. “Self-disinfecting coatings have been applied in the toilets as well as on the handles of overhead storage compartments on Singapore Airlines (SIA) planes as the carrier prepares to welcome more passengers on board. The airline is also working with the authorities on Covid-19 testing protocols, with more details to be announced at a later date.”

BBC: EasyJet slumps to first annual loss amid pandemic

BBC: EasyJet slumps to first annual loss amid pandemic. “EasyJet has reported its first annual loss in the airline’s 25-year history as the coronavirus crisis continues to affect the travel industry deeply. The airline posted a loss of £1.27bn for the year to 30 September as revenues more than halved. EasyJet added that it expected to fly at just 20% of normal capacity into next year.”

Washington Post: Treasury emergency aid loan goes to airline backed by Amazon and Apollo, showing government’s long reach

Washington Post: Treasury emergency aid loan goes to airline backed by Amazon and Apollo, showing government’s long reach. “The Treasury Department has lent $45 million to an airline backed by both e-commerce giant Amazon and Apollo Global Management, a massive private equity firm that has benefited from at least one other government bailout earlier this year. The airline, Sun Country, had planned to go public this year as a way to raise large amounts of money, but those plans were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.”

ProPublica: The Trump Administration Allowed Aviation Companies to Take Bailout Funds and Lay Off Workers, Says House Report

ProPublica: The Trump Administration Allowed Aviation Companies to Take Bailout Funds and Lay Off Workers, Says House Report. ” The federal government gave grants and some loans to airlines and their contractors, who were then meant to keep workers on their payrolls. The amount each company received would be based on six months worth of payroll from last year. In exchange, the companies had to agree not to conduct any layoffs until October, about six months after the CARES Act was passed. But ProPublica found that the companies laid off workers throughout the spring and then took the money intended to preserve the jobs they had already cut.”