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‘Fantasy Flight’ in Taiwan Provides Air Journey Expertise Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns—With out Truly Leaving Airport

‘Fantasy Flight’ in Taiwan Offers Air Travel Experience Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns—Without Actually Leaving Airport


(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — Like nearly each area, Taiwan has been hit onerous by restrictions on worldwide journey imposed due to the coronavirus. Some residents have discovered consolation in boarding a flight that didn’t take off, simply to revisit some recollections and plan for the day once they can fly once more.

The fantasy flight was organized by Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Administration to lift consciousness of coronavirus prevention and management procedures to comply with when passing via customs and boarding a aircraft at Taipei Worldwide Airport.

Members received a fortunate draw held on-line, with every allowed to carry a visitor, placing the full quantity who boarded at 66. As with regular flights, they needed to test in, get hold of boarding passes and undergo immigration and safety procedures earlier than being allowed on the aircraft.

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“Individuals who need to fly overseas have lengthy been struggling,” stated Wang Chih-ching, deputy director of the airport.

The occasion and the publicity generated will assist future vacationers higher put together for when worldwide flights resume in earnest, Wang stated.

The net draw drew 10,000 entries. After taking their seats, the passengers — all sporting masks — have been served meals and drinks, participated in a pop quiz and have been handled to luck salute from hearth engines that sprayed water. After they exited with out the aircraft having left the bottom, passengers got an illustration about safety by customs officers accompanied by a sniffer canine.

Taiwan Fantasy Flying
Chiang Ying-ying—APAn epidemic prevention workers member reveals disinfection measures to contributors throughout a mock journey overseas at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taiwan on July 7, 2020.

Fortunate draw winner Joyce Nieh and her pal Jessica Liu, each cellular sport graphic designers, took selfies to mark the event. “Lastly, we’re in a aircraft … pretending that we’re flying overseas,” Nieh stated.

“I needed to cancel all my worldwide journey plans,” she stated. “We have been fortunate to win the chance to take part.”

Taiwan has largely contained the unfold of the coronavirus however social distancing and journey restrictions stay in place. The federal government has reported 449 confirmed circumstances and 7 deaths.

Extra such fantasy flights are deliberate for coming days.