What It’s Like to Be a Pilot During the Coronavirus Pandemic

While many travelers have been grounded, pilots and flight crew still operate what flights remain in the sky.

Life is tough for everyone around the world right now. Bars are closed, stadiums are empty, and the skies above our heads are quiet. Medical staff, grocery store workers, and delivery drivers work around the clock to keep things afloat. For everyone who can work from home, kitchens and living rooms serve as de facto offices. It’s a disconcerting and uneasy time for us all.

Airlines have been hit brutally by the coronavirus pandemic. With countries banning international travel, the demand for flights has declined rapidly. Aircraft have been parked at airports with pilots and flight attendants left waiting at home, not knowing when they will work again.

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