Travelling under lockdown: Busiest airports in the world go silent
Heathrow airport has never been so quiet
On a normal day, around 2,500 flights pass through O'Hare airport in Chicago. 213,000 passengers pass through Heathrow on a normal day. But these are not normal days.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, planes have been grounded, travel limited, businesses shut and offices closed. Some flights are still running, but with everyone advised to avoid non-essential travel, it is mainly a matter of getting people home so they can self isolate.
Friend of JOE, Josh Kaplan, found himself returning from a St. Patrick's Day trip to Chicago early, and had the unique experience of travelling through eerily quiet airports.
No queues to get through security, static planes parked up for the foreseeable future and empty baggage halls are unheard of, even during the most anti-social of hours. These airports simply do not sleep, until now.
“There’s a weird atmosphere around the airport. Took less than two minutes to get through security, quickest I’ve ever seen it.”
After Trump extended the US travel ban to include the UK, many Brits have had to race home, like this man. pic.twitter.com/Jiafy9XNGh
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