The COVID-19 outbreak came out of nowhere, and in just a flash, it has already been here for three months. In these three months, more than 169,000 people have been infected and more than 6,500 people have died because of the virus.
As we all know, during this period, many businesses have suffered as more people choose to stay home instead of going out and risk getting infected.
Airlines are also suffering as fewer people want to travel. Which is why they’re offering price cuts, great perks and cheap tickets to lure travellers in.
People probably wouldn’t travel no matter how cheap flights are…right?
In case you think I’m kidding, I’m really not.
Man Took Advantage of Cheap Flight Tickets During COVID-19 to Travel
According to China Press, one Taiwanese man noted the incredibly cheap flight tickets, and thought, when else would be better to travel and enjoy a vacation other than this timing?
Umm, anytime is better than travelling during this critical period.
Even though his friends and even colleagues tried to persuade him not to go because it is really dangerous, he maintained his stance and went ahead with it anyway.
He Got Infected With COVID-19
Days later when he returned to Taiwan, he immediately tested positive for COVID-19.
The Taiwan Centre For Disease Control held a press conference and announced that there were six more confirmed COVID-19 cases in their country, and he was one of them.
Once netizens found out about his story, no one showed any pity or empathy. Instead, they criticised him for bringing an additional case back to Taiwan, especially when he had already been warned by so many people that he should not travel during this period.
One netizen even said, “You tried to save money on travelling, now the whole country has to pay for your medical costs.”
I know that it is hard to resist the temptation of incredibly cheap tickets, especially when you’re in desperate need of a vacation.
But your life is not worth endangering for a vacation. And you shouldn’t have to put others’ lives at risk either.
S’pore Airlines Offering Incredible Perks Too
In Singapore, airlines are battling desperately against the falling demand too.
For example, Scoot is telling people to confidently book flight tickets with them.
SIA is also offering a waiver for rebooking tickets.
But what if I’ve already booked tickets but want to change the dates of my flight?
Well, if you booked with Singapore Airlines (SIA), you would be delighted to know that all rebooking fees will be waived.
This means that you can cancel your existing flight itineraries and rebook your flight at a later date, and you just have to complete the trip by 31 March 2021.
Will It Work?
After all, young Singaporeans have never shown that they’re the most socially responsible people around.
But one thing for sure, Singapore is advising all its people to cancel or defer any non-essential trips.
Anyone travelling back to Singapore from these countries will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home-Notice upon arrival:
- Malaysia (please read on for more info)
- United Kingdom
The only exception is an entry from Malaysia to Singapore via land or sea. That one, still not regulated yet.