All things considered, we’ll do just fine. Still, a KLM video showcasing safety throughout the travel experience projects the dreary new norm of travel.
KLM Highlights Safety At Airport + Onboard
As travel is set to ramp up further in June, KLM wants to assure customers it has taken steps to maximize safety onboard, creating an environment that should alleviate stress and fear of virus spread.
The video below highlights what will likely be the new norm for months if not years to come:
Social distancing at check-in, frequent cleaning, high-powered air filters, and masks. The usual stuff…
Let me first note how I am thankful that we will soon (hopefully) be able to fly again. That itself will be a great first step. Wearing a mask or no longer being able to eat in a lounge buffet is a small price to pay. But that’s not what I mean here. Mundane travel is inherently better than no travel at all.
Maybe it’s just me, but the video made me sad. And I cannot even pinpoint why. It shows human ingenuity and innovation. That’s a good thing, right?
It shows solidarity, because we must all work together to protect one another.
A Dreary Future Of Travel On KLM And Others?
Maybe I’m just thinking about my last KLM flight, from Bali to Singapore. The crew was so wonderful; I had such a pleasant exchange with the flight attendant serving drinks and dinner and later with the purser.
Though quite senior, the crew was beautiful. I appreciated the lines of maturity, evidencing decades of experience…and laughter. Sharing a laugh with others is one of the great gifts of humanity.
And I guess that gets to the heart of my angst. Will flight crews be scared of passengers and vice-versa? Will conversations with crewmembers become like onboard smoking, a relic of the past? Will FAs simply rush through a pre-packaged beverage and snack service and then hide, hoping there is no onboard emergency so they don’t have to risk their health?
Whatever their shape, size, or color, every human being has innate dignity. My fear is in order to protect life, we will sacrifice that dignity by neglecting the sort of fellowship that makes humans human.
Perhaps I am being way too overdramatic…
I know I’m getting ahead of myself. We have to be able to fly before we can worry about the conditions of that flying…but that otherwise dull video just depressed me.
Perhaps I underestimate the ingenuity of humanity not only to protect itself from harm, but to find new ways to interact with one another. Perhaps everything will return to normal after a number of months or years.
I sure hope so. The greatest flights are not those with the greatest seat or greatest champagne, but the greatest service. To sacrifice service would be to sacrifice a key component of what makes flying such a pleasure.