The future of flying? On board the ‘creepy’ flight, only TWO passengers were at the other ends of the plane
- A businessman was one of only two passengers on a “creepy” flight
- Cameron Bagrie took an Air New Zealand flight from Wellington to Auckland
- Mr. Bagrie said the flight attendants even gave him a personal boarding phone call
- Auckland registered 13 new cases on Thursday, in addition to four on Wednesday
A businessman was one of only two passengers on board a ‘creepy’ flight in New Zealand, as locals avoid Auckland during a recent outbreak.
Cameron Bagrie, the general manager and chief economist at Bagrie Economics, took an Air New Zealand flight from Wellington to Auckland on Thursday morning.
‘They gave me a face-to-face interview, which was quite humorous. I thought I was running late, but then I realized there were only two of us on the plane, ‘he told the New Zealand Herald.
‘I ran to the desk, then they said it was you and someone else. When I got on it it was me, myself, and me and someone in row 28 in the back! ‘
Cameron Bagrie took an Air New Zealand flight from Wellington to Auckland on Thursday morning but was one of only two passengers on board during the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Bagrie was supposed to travel to Invercargill for work, but had to return home to Auckland due to restrictions due to the coronavirus after the country’s first cases in 101 days.
Auckland is currently in Level 3 lockdown after being rocked by the return of the deadly virus to the community after 102 days without local transmission.
Locals have been told to stay in the region unless their travel is for an essential service.
Kiwis from other cities avoid Auckland, leaving hundreds of seats empty on planes.
Mr. Bagrie said that while he was prepared for a quiet flight, he was surprised by the “creepy” feeling of being one of the few people on board.
It was kind of creepy, it was like ‘wow’. This is the ultimate social distance. I’m in 2C and the other gentleman is on the other side of the plane, ”he said.
The economist praised the Air New Zealand staff for being the ‘ultimate professionals’ on the bizarre flight.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned New Zealanders to expect the COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland to worsen after the announcement of 14 new positive cases.
The new positive tests, as well as a probable case, put the Auckland cluster to a likely 22 people.
“The modeling suggests that a cluster like this will grow,” said Ms Ardern.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned New Zealanders to expect COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland to worsen after announcing 14 new positive cases
“But it’s not a sign that it’s escalating beyond our capacity, it’s just the behavior of clusters.”
On Tuesday, the discovery of four cases prompted Ms. Ardern to announce a 60-hour lockdown of the country’s largest city, which began at noon on Wednesday.
Health officials have since moved quickly to locate, isolate, and test close contacts.
For the first time since the arrival of the pandemic, community affairs will be asked to move to mandatory isolation facilities previously used for arrivals at the border.
One of the new positive cases confirmed on Thursday is a student from Mount Albert Grammar, the country’s second largest school with 3,000 students.