JetBlue has operated a three-level plane from New York City to salute health professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline’s red, white, and blue planes flew low over The Big Apple on Thursday night – a week after the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds had made a similar salute to essential workers.
The three fighter jets took off from John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens and spent the next 60 minutes at a low altitude of 2,000 feet through the five boroughs of New York.
JetBlue president and CEO Joanna Geraghty said the flyover was part of the company’s “ mission to inspire humanity ” that is now “ stronger than ever. ”
The airline transported more than 1,400 medical professionals during the coronavirus pandemic and helped transport much needed supplies.
Thursday’s flyover, however, left much less than impressed, including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Nothing beats a PR campaign for companies that burn jet fuel at low altitudes above vulnerable communities dying from a respiratory virus associated with our pre-existing and disproportionate exposure to air pollution to show that health professionals care about us,” she wrote. Twitter.
Red, white, and blue JetBlue aircraft flew low above The Big Apple on Thursday evening – a week after the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds made a similar salute to essential workers.
JetBlue’s red FDNY plane was one of three planes to take to the skies for the 60-minute salute
JetBlue’s blue NYPD plane flies low on Thursday near a building above New York City
The three jets took off from John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens and spent the next 60 minutes at a low altitude of 2,000 feet through the five boroughs of New York
‘Other best ways to thank our caregivers and frontline workers is to support the production of personal protective equipment, fully fund our health care system, produce mass tests and track contacts, and forgive student loan debt that is mainly on crushing the medical field, ‘says Ocasio-Cortez.
Many others expressed similar feelings on Twitter.
One of them wrote, “A gesture that shows no significant effect other than wasting fuel and scaring planes at low altitudes.”
Another bluntly wrote, “This is perhaps the stupidest thing that happens in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led criticism of the viaduct on Twitter on Thursday evening
Others, meanwhile, claimed that low-flying airplanes over the skies of New York would induce residents who remember the horrors of September 11, 2001.
“JetBlue marketing made a really bad decision,” it was said.
1) Nobody likes the sound of airplanes. 2) The gesture has nothing to do with anything (what about showing up in hospitals with gift baskets or free flights for employees so they can leave later)? 3) You are imitating a horrific disaster in NY / USA ‘.
Others, however, seemed delighted with JetBlue’s tribute.
Some critics claimed that low-flying aircraft would evoke bad memories of September 11, 2001
Appreciate the effort to support JetBlue. The haters will, as usual, hate, ”someone wrote.
The NYPD and FDNY also tweet their thanks to JetBlue for the greeting.
The NYC Fire Wire – an organization that captures the news and history of the FDNY – shared a photo of a firefighter showing the sunset from his truck.
Several other civilians stopped to watch the low-flying aircraft as they passed through the city battered by the COVID-19 outbreak.
More than 178,000 NYC residents have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 19,000 have died.
Some on social media expressed support for the JetBlue viaduct