British Columbia’s Center for Disease Control is warning airline passengers that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 on recent flights to Vancouver.
The following flights have now been added to the BCCDC Affected Flights List:
- September 4: Air Canada 242, from Vancouver to Edmonton (rows 22 to 28)
- September 5: Air Transat 771, from Vancouver to Montreal (rows 32 to 38)
- September 8: Air Transat 932, from Toronto to Vancouver (rows 5 to 9)
All returning travelers to British Columbia are encouraged to check the public health agency’s website for updates on flights identified for risk of exposure. Those traveling from outside of Canada, meanwhile, must arrive prepared with a 14-day self-isolation plan.
The country’s two largest airlines ended their policy of distancing onboard seats on July 1, raising health concerns amid a pandemic that has devastated the travel industry.
On social media, a few people wonder why airlines are allowed to ignore the physical distancing protocol when other companies must adhere to it; others are simply saying that they won’t travel with airlines that don’t have a distancing policy in place.
Right now, the Government of Canada says you should avoid all travel outside the country until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a global travel advisory, the government notes that “This advisory takes precedence over other levels of risk on this page, with the exception of any level of risk for countries or regions where we advise you to avoid all travel.” ”
With files from The Canadian Press and Lindsay William-Ross.