Coronavirus Patient Tries To Board A Flight In Michigan

Last week, the state of Michigan was able to prevent a sick patient from boarding an aircraft in…

Coronavirus Patient Tries To Board A Flight In Michigan

Last week, the state of Michigan was able to prevent a sick patient from boarding an aircraft in Ingham County and potentially spreading the coronavirus. The traveler tried to fly out of an airport in Lansing on 15th May. However, airport and airline staff were able to prevent the passenger boarding, and the individual agreed to quarantine.

A passenger was prevented from flying out of Lansing last week after testing positive for coronavirus. Photo: Getty Images

What happened?

A passenger was reported to have attempted to board a flight after testing positive for coronavirus. The unnamed individual was away from home visiting family when he contracted COVID-19. After testing positive, they were keen to get home and disobeyed quarantine restrictions to do so.

The individual had been in contact with health officials who were monitoring their quarantine, but they soon became worried. Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail decided to contact Capital Region International Airport in Lansing on 15th May to inform staff members of the movements of the person in question.

In turn, the staff at the airport contacted the passenger’s airline to prevent them from boarding. Meanwhile, Vail took it upon herself to turn up at the airport to meet the traveler.

Busy airport, passengers with masks
Thankfully, Capital Region International Airport was able to close to undergo cleaning. Photo: Getty Images

A coordinated effort stops the passenger

Thanks to a coordinated effort from health officials, the airport, and airline staff, the passenger was denied boarding. While they were desperate to return to their home, they did eventually agree to complete their quarantine in Ingham County.

Though the passenger peaceably consented not to board the aircraft, the incident was far from over. Thanks to the low passenger traffic at the airport, Capital Region International Airport closed for the rest of the day. The cleaning staff thoroughly sanitized the area, and the airport said the transmission had been “completely contained,” according to the Lansing State Journal.

In the US, health officials keep a keen eye trained on COVID-19 positive patients maintaining frequent contact to ensure they complete their quarantine. Yet, they rarely have to take drastic measures like this. However, they do have a plan for when that happens. Similarly, Capital Region International Airport is also prepared.

Lansing airport entrance
Capital Region International Airport was prepared for a situation like this. Photo: Dj1997 via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking to the Lansing State Journal, Marketing Manager Spencer Flynn said,

“We’ve been ready for this case, or if someone comes through the airport and later found out, they tested positive. We have a plan in place for that as well.”

How are US airports responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Most people have been primarily focused on what airlines are doing to keep passengers and employees safe during the coronavirus. Airports are also doing their bit.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has categorized airports at either high- or low-risk. This risk factor predicates how firmly airports must adhere to cleaning and sanitizing measures.

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Airports are cleaning touchpoints to prevent COVID transmission. Photo: Getty Images

The main regulations from the authority are that airports should ventilate where they can through opening windows and doors. Additionally, air and surfaces should be disinfected with carefully measured chemical-based cleaning solutions. Front-line staff members are required to wear PPE, and there are specific measures for handling passengers, such as measuring their temperatures. (More recommendations and regulations can be found here.) In addition, individual airports have been complying with social distancing, and some airlines, like Southwest, have protective equipment installed at their ticket counters.

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United’s Kirby And Hart Taking Lower Salary Than Predecessors

This week, Scott Kirby became United Airlines’ CEO and Brett J. Hart was promoted to president. With these new positions, the…

United’s Kirby And Hart Taking Lower Salary Than Predecessors

This week, Scott Kirby became United Airlines’ CEO and Brett J. Hart was promoted to president. With these new positions, the two businessmen have waived their salaries until the end of the year to help their company save money amid the impact of the global health crisis. Moreover, their standard base salaries are also lower than their predecessors.

United’s new leadership will be paid less this year. Photo: Getty Images

Large sacrifices

According to a United States Securities and Exchange Commission document, both Kirby Hart are looking to lead the firm by example. As former president, Kirby already waived 100 percent of his base salary from March 10, 2020, through the end of the year. However, this sacrifice will continue even with his new role.

Additionally, Hart waived 50 percent of his base salary when he was the Chicago-based airline’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Now, with his promotion, he has waived 100 percent of his base salary for the remainder of 2020.

With his former positions not being taken on by another professional, Hart will be busy as ever while he helps the operator tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He will be taking on this extra responsibility while not taking a base salary.

United airlines aircraft parked
Most of the airline’s aircraft remain on the ground. Photo: Getty Images

Less pay

Kirby officially has an annual base salary of $1,000,000 and a target annual incentive program (AIP) opportunity equal to 250 percent of this number. According to Chicago Business, his predecessor Oscar Munoz took in a salary of $1.25 million last year.

Furthermore, Hart has an annual base salary of $775,000. This figure has not changed from his previous role. He also has a target AIP opportunity equal to 175 percent of his salary. According to, Kirby was paid a salary of $875,000 as president in 2018.

Moreover, United believes it is doubtful that its AIP awards will pay out for 2020. The main reason for this is that the design of this program requires the business to have a profit to satisfy the minimum annual payment criteria. Therefore, the two will lose out on more cash this year.

United explains this situation in the document:

“Kirby and Hart may not realize the full value of their respective compensation packages during any period in which those limitations apply. The Company will continue to monitor and administer its executive compensation programs to be in compliance with the PSP Agreement limitations.”

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United has still been performing cargo flights and select services during the outbreak. Photo: Getty Images

A lot at stake

Former CEO Oscar Munoz also sacrificed his base salary earlier this year. United has not sugar-coated the impact that the pandemic has on the aviation industry. It has been clear that substantial cuts may be needed for the company to survive the downturn in passenger activity.

It has been placing measures to limit the damage and is glad to receive government support to help pay wages. However, it has warned that many jobs could be lost this fall if the climate does not change. Therefore, any money saved will go a long way for the company.

Simple Flying reached out to United for comment on the salaries of Kirby and Hart. We will update the article with any further announcements.

What are your thoughts on United’s leadership, sacrificing their base salaries during the current conditions? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.

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