I took a plane trip this week. It was surprisingly pleasant.


Opinion by Helaine Olen ColumnistJune 26, 2020 at 5:37 p.m. CDT

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — When I arrived at JFK Airport in New York earlier this week, the terminal was all but empty — passengers nonexistent, the vast majority of stores closed. I knew to expect it, but it was still eerie. It was a weekday afternoon in June, and when I looked up at the departure board, I saw a total of eight flights listed. My flight, to LAX, was the third-to-last of the day.

Nonetheless, there was a bit of a mob at one of the few food-and-snack shops open. There was only one cashier, and all of the customers were ignoring the recommended social distancing helpfully highlighted on the floor. They grouped together, a pre-covid queue for a post-covid world. The same probably would have been true at the security check-in, but there were so few people at the airport that the TSA PreCheck line was shut down. It could be said we were all expedited.

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