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Old 03-18-2020, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How's everything going in your neck of the woods?

Atlanta area surburb (About 30 minutes south of the ATL airport) -- last Thursday was the last day of school. They initially closed for Friday, then extended it this week and have already extended it to next week (Georgia issued all schools closed through end of March). Spring Break here begins on April 6 so I'm thinking they will eventually extend it to the break. I told my kids last week that the earliest they can expect to go back to school is after spring break.

Grocery stores for the most part are still stocked. There are no curfews or bans but most restaurants here have already converted to take-out/delivery only.

Most city services have been suspended but I did see a few city employees doing landscape work on my way home today. I am still going to work. Elsewhere in Atlanta, the zoo, aquarium, Six Flags, and malls are now closed.
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Here in Western Canada, very similar situation as everyone else. Kids are not returning to school after spring break. All restaurant's(take out permitted) and bars closed. Department stores closed. Hoarding of toilet paper, Lysol disinfectant wipes has been a real problem. Costco near our home, has 100 people waiting for open each morning. They stampede to the toilet paper. One good thing that has been happening. Many grocery stores, have one hour shopping for seniors only. At the start of the day. Many of them are really scared, so I am happy if that helps them out. My oldest sister lives in Italy. Kelly and her family are OK, but worried about how this got so out of hand. Everybody, please be safe.
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I sincerely wish all fellow members here wherever in the world you live, that you, your families and friends manage to stay healthy and get through these troubled times.

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To all the friends who have visited Rome, IT: try, at least, to imagine all the monumentes, churchs and so on as wasteland...
As I do work as motor-bike mesanger I'm authorized to drive, believe me, in just 1 word: discouraging!
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Here in Scotland I've been told to stay at home owing to being diabetic, so no work for the foreseeable future. Schools are closing after Friday sessions and the panic buying continues unabated. In an aircraft sense, BA have parked 6x A321CEO at nearby Glasgow Airport and Virgin Atlantic are sending one 744 and one A333 later today.



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Al - I'm of two minds about the airline industry. Not being a business oriented guy, I need to be careful here, but the industry had been gouging us pretty good with fares and extra fees, and here in the states, are looking at a $50 billion (how many zeros is that?) bailout. I'm sure some of those parked A380s will never return to active status, and some other types are being forced into early retirement. The industry is in a pickle, and some players will probably not survive. Not judging, just saying, Doug

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Here in the Maritimes of Canada, malls have closed up shop. All libraries,schools, universities, colleges, fitness centres, hair salons, restaurants, daycares, the list goes on; have all closed for the time being. Today our Alcohol stores will be shut down after 2pm. I have to make a run to grab some refreshments before that deadline. Guessing, the only remaining establishments that will remain open are groceries, gas stations, and drugstores. I will be picking up my brother at the airport this morning; he is flying in from Montreal. I will ask him how YUL terminal appeared today when he checked in there.

I did put back up my Christmas lights to add some cheer to the neighborhood during this lockdown. All the best to you folks, T7
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Al - I'm of two minds about the airline industry. Not being a business oriented guy, I need to be careful here, but the industry had been gouging us pretty good with fares and extra fees, and here in the states, are looking at a $50 billion (how many zeros is that?) bailout. I'm sure some of those parked A380s will never return to active status, and some other types are being forced into early retirement. The industry is in a pickle, and some players will probably not survive. Not judging, just saying, Doug
It's all going to look very different in a month, that's for sure.
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I have to make a run to grab some refreshments before that deadline.
Now you're talking about the important stuff... Those 'refreshments' can also be used as an disinfectant hand rinse, but to be effective, the alcohol content must be at least 60% - we're talking 'white lightning', not the usual hard 80 (plus, minus) proof hard liquors. Doug

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OP, pretty much the same a couple states north of you. Schools closed as of this past Monday until 27 March, which was extended a few days later. Restaurants are doing carryout only, some businesses like bank, utilities are doing drive-up window only. Now teachers and school admin are talking about school being closed the rest of this school year like Kansas did.

People still panic buying in our area. Not many planes flying over the house on their way to IAD (Dulles). Alcohol is always good to have around! Had many a coffee cup of real back woods white lightning (not this new fangled stuff) with my late Grandpa Johnson. It always amazed me to watch it climb up the inside of the cup trying to get away from itself! Mix a little sugar in with it and mm mmm good!
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I did put back up my Christmas lights to add some cheer to the neighborhood during this lockdown. All the best to you folks, T7
What a good idea, I think we’ll do the same. One of out neighbours a few doors down has already done this.

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I live in Seattle so I don't need to explain what it's like here. I'm sure many of you have read. I have two housemates, one is retired and the other was just furloughed until further notice from his job at the Space Needle. The same precautions are being taken here as most larger cities. My last day at my former job was Christmas Eve and I've been studying at home in preparation for attending school in London so it's not as though I'm missing work. School was to start on 20th April but of course, that has now been postponed.

Thankfully, the weather here is starting to get really nice and I actually laid out on the back deck yesterday to get some much needed Vitamin D. And I'll probably do the same thing today with an adult bevvie!
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Virgin Atlantic's 'Ruby Tuesday' arriving at GLA this afternoon to be put into storage.

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We live in London, where a full lockdown is starting to take place, but being married to an Aussie with family in Queensland gave us the option to stick it out there, which would be far more bearable. Family were desperate for us to come home when they saw the situation developing. We made it here just in the nick of time, before the borders closed. Now self-isolating in a rented apartment in Brisbane for 14 days, before joining family in a semi-rural area, where there is space, fresh air & a veggie garden. Airports were all so eerily quiet, and the general traffic/activity in the city was also quiet on the cab journey from the airport.
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WOW, what a fantastic photo mate 😮👍
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Cheers fella, and good luck down under.
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Great pictures Al.

I am usually in Cambridge, MA but have decided to work from home in rural New Hampshire until things sort themselves out. Panic buying in both locations for any paper products (rolls, tissues..), cleaning products, soup and pasta. Fresh meat sells out quickly, but fortunately the grog supply seems stable.

My biggest issue is slow DSL rather than a fast cable connection. Definitely not the worst problem to have, but annoying all the same.

Stay safe everyone.
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Cheers fella, and good luck down under.
Very welcome and stay safe mate, hope you can get all the supplies you need etc.
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All this panic buying is a major cause for concern, it’s causing a lot of suffering to others and unnecessary difficulty. I was sent a video of a Waitrose supermarket store in Fulham, South West London, with a queue that was literally a mile long from both sides of the entrance, in the early hours of the morning as people waited outside for the shop to open. Further major restrictions are likely to be put in place if it continues, as has already happened in France & other countries.
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All your shots are great, Al. Nice work. Doug

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I failed to mention, US-Canada border closed, for non essential traffic. Transport trucks full of goods continue North and South. Driving down to Boeing for the day to see the airplanes, not permitted. That is totally understandable.
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Thanks Doug, I shall return to GLA tomorrow to capture another four BA A321's and five Tui 737-800's also to be stored.
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Living on an island poses its own unique challenges.

Here in the Cayman Islands, all schools closed last Friday, March 13 until after the Easter Holidays. On Sunday, March 15, we closed our Port to cruise ship visits.

Panic buying is a problem. What's with this toilet paper??

This week I have self isolated and will work from home until the crisis is past.

At midnight, our airport will close to all, except returning residents, and will close to all commercial and private flights on Sunday at midnight, except for cargo, courier and medevac flights. Between now and Sunday evening, there are several thousand tourist and foreign workers who must leave the islands. We will remain in lockdown for at least 3 weeks at which time we will re-evaluate the situation.

In short, our tourism industry is shut down, from full throttle to 0 thrust in one week, right at the peak of the high season.

Looking ahead, our primary concern is with the potential for disruption in food supplies. We source about 80% of our food from the US and any disruption could be catastrophic. Thus far there are no indications, but as we are learning from this crisis, that could change at any moment.

Good luck to you all and please stay safe.
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The toilet thing is crazy! I was looking for goats blood to brush above my door until the green fog passes!
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Since my company said we are closed for 2 weeks (most likely more) I want to avoid all the doom and gloom and divert my attention, thus I haven't curtailed my purchases. Bought 5 models on ebay this week alone including the very elusive Aerolineas Argentinas A340 Inflight.
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Good to see Russ! Trying to buy a few here and there myself. Some nice stuff popping up on Ebay.
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Good to see Russ! Trying to buy a few here and there myself. Some nice stuff popping up on Ebay.

Now 7! all 200 scale:
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Inflight 200 Cathay One World 777-300 (because of thread on 200 scale section)
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All coming and enroute and all purchased in 5 days..Keep em coming.
Normalcy or Lunacy?? I'm going with the latter...
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Now 7! all 200 scale:
Limox Austrian 777
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Inflight 200 Cathay One World 777-300 (because of thread on 200 scale section)
Inflight 200 Air New Zealand 777-300
Phoenix A330 Air Siberia
Phoenix Air Leisure Egypt A340

All coming and enroute and all purchased in 5 days..Keep em coming.
Normalcy or Lunacy?? I'm going with the latter...
I'll go with Lunacy on this one! Stay safe Russ and everyone else on here.
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Since my company said we are closed for 2 weeks (most likely more) I want to avoid all the doom and gloom and divert my attention, thus I haven't curtailed my purchases. Bought 5 models on ebay this week alone including the very elusive Aerolineas Argentinas A340 Inflight.
Waiting to see what the Gov of Kentucky has to say on Monday. We supply the Toyota plant in Georgetown and what they do will influence what their suppliers do also Rumor is if we hit 100 confirmed cases we are going to all go home for 2 weeks. Can't go to restaurants anymore or the gym. I guess do what you gotta do to get rid of this thing.

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Woke up this morning to catch the early news on the BBC, and what did I see? Idiots packing Bondi Beach, topping up their melanomas no doubt. A queue of impatient thoughtless a-holes at a Scottish ski result waiting their chance to hurtle down the slopes, what’s social separation? A large crowd walking in the sun in a park here in the UK, unfortunately I missed exactly where it was. And finally a packed cafe of young people somewhere in the US ‘enjoying’ some kind of celebration yesterday, no regard whatsoever for the welfare of their fellow man/woman. I’m officially listed by the NHS guidelines as being at a high risk of catching the virus, due to my on going health conditions.

The behaviour of the type of people I saw on TV this morning is deliberately increasing the risk that many of us could die as a consequence of what they’re doing. I want to see greater and more heavy enforcement by our authorities here in the UK along the lines of those in Italy. People here have been given the chance to follow voluntarily the advisory guidelines issued by the government. Many people have demonstrated their inability to do that, so IMO it’s time to institute heavy fines at the very least for not doing as they’re told. I honestly feel that huge numbers of people still don’t realise just how damn serious this is!

Sorry for the rant, but I just feel so strongly about the stupidity of some people.

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Neil, totally agree with everything you’ve just said.
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Agree with you Neil! I think short of shooting these dumbA$$es, the authorities ought to get out the water cannon trucks and start hosing these idiots down or pepper spray the area! This gradual implementation of restrictions is sending the message to these idiots that it is okay to carry on as you have described! The stupid privileged indoctrinated college idiots in the US that are going to the beaches should all be rounded up and be forced into quarantine in all the empty sports stadiums without alcohol and not allowed to copulate! Their parents should be flogged!

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..... In spite of all this pandemonium, I am still more concerned about the flu
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I'll go with Lunacy on this one! Stay safe Russ and everyone else on here.
I agree with you! but I miscounted with only 6..tomorrow will be number 7 once secured that is..
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Well, YUL was practically deserted when I checked in for my domestic flight. I went thru security in under 1 minute. Had plenty of security staff standing around chit chatting, due to a low number of passengers. I gave a senior citizen woman who was travelling with her daughter, my extra N95 mask that my brother gave me. I already had another N95 from the wifey. The woman's daughter asked me if I had another one for her? I told her that I did not, but that she was not in the danger age bracket unlike her mother. My flight only had 12 passengers, and the Dash-8 had room for 44 passengers. I had the whole front row to myself, there 4 other passengers wearing masks. Father/daughter had the surgical masks and another passenger also had a N95 mask. I also wore gloves. FA handed out water bottles for the 1 hour and 30 minute flight.

While I was in Montreal, the police in Quebec City arrested a woman for violating her self isolation order from the hospital. She had tested positive for the virus, but thought she could continue walking around her neighborhood. She made Canuck history for being the first ever person to be arrested during the pandemic for not self isolating for 14 days.

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LOCKDOWN HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED IN U.K BY BORIS JOHNSON. all non essential shops to close! FOR THREE WEEKS!!


UK coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces strict lockdown across country – live


PM says people can only shop for basic necessities, limits exercise to one form a day, restricts travel only to and from essential work and tells UK to stay at home


I am a key worker as I am a delivery driver for a food company.
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State of Georgia is banning gatherings of 10 or more. Bars and nightclubs have been ordered closed.

At work, most trainees were deemed non-essential today and sent home.
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LOCKDOWN HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED IN U.K BY BORIS JOHNSON. all non essential shops to close! FOR THREE WEEKS!!


UK coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces strict lockdown across country – live


PM says people can only shop for basic necessities, limits exercise to one form a day, restricts travel only to and from essential work and tells UK to stay at home


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I guess my good friend Jerry Dyer from BigJetTV is grounded. He has been broadcasting live everyday from LHR..
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Funnily enough I was only watching him yesterday and he mentioned that he was awaiting the PM’s broadcast to find out what the new directives would be. Enjoyed the antics of one of the horses in the paddock licking the entire bonnet of his van. According to one of the knowledgeable viewers, the reason the horse was doing this was that there was salt residue on the bonnet because of the gritting of the roads over the last few days.

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I’ve seen a lot of planes heading to Victorville over the last few days. One thing that stood out this morning to me. It was very slow, only had about 4-5 flights. One was going to Victorville. But one of the revenue flights was a FedEx DC-10. Who would have guessed a few years ago that the DC-10 would be the one still flying while all these 757’s and 767’s head to the desert where many of them will probably not return from?
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Effective tonight at midnight, the Province of Quebec goes into lockdown mode. All non-essential businesses will be shut down. Grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and cannabis outlets are allowed to stay open. We have strange priorities here. Sadly many will be unemployed and will be eligible for unemployment insurance which is 55% of their regular salary. Luckily I work for an essential business so we will stay open.....but for how much longer. There are still many people not taking this seriously making this virus to last much longer.
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Effective tonight at midnight, the Province of Quebec goes into lockdown mode. All non-essential businesses will be shut down. Grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and cannabis outlets are allowed to stay open. We have strange priorities here. Sadly many will be unemployed and will be eligible for unemployment insurance which is 55% of their regular salary. Luckily I work for an essential business so we will stay open.....but for how much longer. There are still many people not taking this seriously making this virus to last much longer.
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Effective tonight at midnight, the Province of Quebec goes into lockdown mode. All non-essential businesses will be shut down. Grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and cannabis outlets are allowed to stay open. We have strange priorities here. Sadly many will be unemployed and will be eligible for unemployment insurance which is 55% of their regular salary. Luckily I work for an essential business so we will stay open.....but for how much longer. There are still many people not taking this seriously making this virus to last much longer.
All the best to you. I was just in Montreal for 3 days last week helping my brother and his family move into their new abode. I was scanning the scenery on how things were different compared to New Brunswick involving the retail sector. We (New Brunswick) are sitting at 18 confirmed cases of the virus.
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All the best to you. I was just in Montreal for 3 days last week helping my brother and his family move into their new abode. I was scanning the scenery on how things were different compared to New Brunswick involving the retail sector. We (New Brunswick) are sitting at 18 confirmed cases of the virus.
Are you living in NB? My relatives are in Saint John.
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Yep. I am located in Moncton.
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As both of my Daughter and Husband work for Essential services, I am staying at home on pins and needles. My Anxiety is so bad right now, I cannot see straight half the time. So to divert my attention, I take drives into the countryside and take photos of different things to get my mind off what is going on around us. I am not listening to the news, or watching the news. I get an Email alert and I ignore it. I listen to my music and drive
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I took another trip to GLA on Sunday before the lockdown kicked in and found another 4x BA Airbus A320 family had joined the line making it 10 in total, and several Jet 2 738's were parked with engines covered. I believe there are a total of 7-8 dispersed around the field. A Tui 757 arrived yesterday, no sign yet of the several Tui 738's that were supposed to arrive though. Virgin Atlantic's 747 has been joined by an A332.

Operationally not much happening with almost 50% of scheduled flights cancelled so far. Much of the remaining 50% are Loganair lifeline or PSO services to the highlands and islands. Emirates quit yesterday as DXB closed down, Easyjet and Aer Lingus Regional pretty much stopped too. Still seeing the odd KLM appear.

















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