Covid Positive Passenger Dresses As Wife To Avoid Virus Checks

A COVID-positive man in Indonesia recently decided he could not wait to travel until he was free of…

Covid Positive Passenger Dresses As Wife To Avoid Virus Checks

A COVID-positive man in Indonesia recently decided he could not wait to travel until he was free of the virus. Therefore, he took his wife’s ID and her negative test certificate, dressed up in her niqab, and boarded a plane. He may have gotten away with it had he not decided to change into his own clothes halfway through the flight.

A passenger traveling on a Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate dressed up in his wife’s niqab to be able to fly after having tested positive for COVID-19. Photo: Getty Images

There have been plenty of reports of fake COVID test certificates. Or a group of Belgian youngsters getting on a plane home from their holiday while suspecting they could very well have been infected. However, instances of people knowing they are COVID positive and still doing their utmost to travel have fortunately been few and far between – as far as we know.

A whole new passenger on board

Meanwhile, a man in Indonesia went to great lengths to be allowed on board a domestic Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate. The man, who is referred to by officials only by his initials ‘DW”, dressed in his wife’s niqab, covering him from head to toe. He also grabbed her passport, negative COVID-19 test certificate, and took off for the airport.

Boarding agents at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta suspected nothing. The man’s ruse might have remained successful had he not thought it a good idea to change back to his own clothes mid-flight. A cabin crew member saw a fully-covered and veiled person enter the lavatory, only to emerge minutes later wearing entirely different clothing.

Ternate Airport Runway
The man was detained upon arrival at Ternate Airport. Photo: Fabio Achilli via Flickr

Isolated and could be facing arrest

The crew member notified the authorities at the arrival destination of Ternate, and the passenger was detained after deboarding. An on-duty health officer immediately tested the man for COVID-19, and the results came back positive. The man is now in self-isolation and could face arrest.

“He bought the plane ticket with his wife’s name and brought the identity card, the PCR test result, and the vaccination card with his wife’s name,” Ternate police chief Aditya Laksimada said after arresting the man, as reported by USA Today Travel.

Authorities have tightened restrictions on non-essential travel during the Eid al-Adha holiday this week, as virus cases in the country continue to surge with over 50,000 new cases per day.

Citilink A320
Citilink operates Airbus A320s and A320neos between Jakarta and Ternate. Photo: PK-REN via Wikimedia Commons

Citilink is the low-cost brand of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. The carrier operates a daily service between Jakarta and Ternate, deploying either an Airbus A320 or A320neo on the route.

Thanks to modern aircraft’s state-of-the-art ventilation systems (who had ever known HEPA filters were to become such a hot topic), the risk of catching COVID on board a plane is minuscule. The wearing of face masks reduced the risk even more. However, being seated within three rows of an infected person still presents a perilous situation.

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Neos Operates Its 1st JFK Passenger Service With The Boeing 787

Leisure-focused Italian airline Neos has operated its first passenger service to New York JFK using one of its…

Neos Operates Its 1st JFK Passenger Service With The Boeing 787

Leisure-focused Italian airline Neos has operated its first passenger service to New York JFK using one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Prior to this, the airline had flown to New York for cargo missions. This inaugural service departed Milan on Thursday, July 22nd, from the airline’s Malpensa base.

Neos has six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in its fleet. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Approval granted by US DOT

With the approval of the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), Neos has operated its first passenger flight to New York JFK from Milan Malpensa. For months now, the airline had been flying this route in order to transport freight between Italy and the United States. However, the takeoff of flight NO787 on July 22nd from Milan to New York was the carrier’s very first regular passenger service.

Commemorating the special milestone, the airline took to Twitter and posted the following message in Italian:

“The first Neos flight to New York took off from Malpensa: A promise kept to a destination that we are sure will be able to give us a lot of satisfaction.”

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Details of the first flight

The flight pushed back from Milan Malpensa (MXP) on July 22nd at 12:42 local time- 22 minutes later than its scheduled departure time of 12:20. The Boeing 787-9 flew for seven hours and 57 minutes, landing at New York JFK at 15:07, 17 minutes later than its scheduled arrival time of 14:50, local time.

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The flight path of the first passenger service to JFK. Photo:

The aircraft registered EI-NUA was the Boeing 787-9 operating this first service. The jet is just under two years of age and has flown with Neos since it was delivered from Boeing in September 2019. The aircraft is actually a lease from Air Lease Corporation, according to data from ch-aviation. There are a total of six 787-9s in the Neos fleet.

The Neos 787 experience

The Neos Boeing 787-9 is configured with two classes of service, which are premium economy and economy:

  • There are 28 seats in premium economy in a 2-3-2 layout.
  • There are 331 in economy in a 3-3-3 layout. This class subdivides into an extra-legroom economy (named Economy Extra Plus), with 36 seats, followed by standard economy with its 295 seats.

Although its not a completely separate class of its own, Economy Extra Plus features more than just extra legroom. Interestingly, this subsection only allows adult passengers. These tickets include fast-track at the airport as well as a choice of seating and separate check-in, hot towels, and a welcome drink.

All seats are fitted with inflight entertainment screens, although those located in premium economy are slightly larger.

Currently, Neos flies to mainly leisure destinations. In addition to its relatively robust domestic schedule, it also flies to the Bahamas, Cape Verde, Cuba, China, Greece, Mexico, and more. The airline operates out of several Italian airports. However, most of its activity is concentrated out of Milan Malpensa.

Have you flown with Neos yet? Is it an airline you would be interested in trying? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

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