Pilot Jailed Over Quarantine, EasyJet Hacked, Qatar FA’s to Wear Full-Body Gear

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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Tuesday, May 19, 2020, that we think you should read.

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American Pilot Jailed in Singapore for Breaking Quarantine. – I understand the pilot’s reasons for leaving his room, but it was in poor judgment. He should have asked someone to go buy the items for him. If he was contagious, that quick errand could have easily spread the virus to many others.

EasyJet hackers stole data on 9 million customers and thousands of credit card numbers. – Airlines have enough problems right now with plummeting consumer demand without letting hackers into their systems. On the bright side, although 9 million email addresses and travel details were stolen, the hackers were only able to access 2,208 credit card numbers. This is another example of why you should be using virtual credit card numbers when making purchases online.

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Photo courtesy of EasyJet

The New Airline Travel: Fewer Flights, More Layovers, Rules for Bathrooms. – When we start flying again (and we will start flying again at some point), the rules will be quite different than our previous experience. There will be temperature checks and different processes for snacks & drinks. Who knows what it will be like going to the bathroom since that is a place frequently used during a 4-hour flight. And people weren’t exactly consistent with washing their hands before coronavirus.

From cleaning robots to plastic barriers, what to expect the next time you’re at the airport. – Not only will the in-flight experience be different, but so will the airport. You’ll see more people (and possibly robots) cleaning, plastic barriers between you and airline attendants, and changes to the TSA checkpoint process. Airport lounges will be even more capacity-controlled than before when they reopen.

Qatar Airways flight attendants to wear disposable full-body protective gear during flights. – It may not be pretty, but it is the right thing to do to protect their workers. With flight attendants traveling the world and interacting with so many people on a regular basis, their risk profile is insanely high. Although some passengers may push back or think that this is overdoing it, I applaud Qatar for putting safety first.

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