Flight Attendants and Pilots Ask, ‘Is It OK to Keep Working?’
Were they planning to keep flying? Should she?
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April 13, 2020 - by Niraj Chokshi for nytimes.com
- The coronavirus has terrified airline crews, yet some are still flying. "I just feel like I'm supposed to be here doing this work," said one flight attendant.
Molly Choma, a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, had worked nearly every day since mid-March, even as the coronavirus outbreak devastated her industry. But last Sunday, she woke up alone in a room in a nearly empty hotel and wondered if it was time to stop.
As she prepared for Flight 1002, which would bring her home to the San Francisco Bay Area from Washington, Ms. Choma, 33, turned on the news and texted her colleagues. Were they planning to keep flying? Should she?
"I'm thinking about my family, thinking about my friends, thinking about what that would mean for the rest of the month," she said. "I don't know how this thing is going to shape my life or the world or aviation or the history of pretty much everything."
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