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Cathay Pilots Worried About Quarantine Urged to Call In Sick

  • Staff distressed as more than 200 crew interned at Penny’s Bay
  • Hong Kong’s virus strategy is becoming more and more extreme
An aircraft operated by Cathay Pacific approaches Hong Kong International Airport.
An aircraft operated by Cathay Pacific approaches Hong Kong International Airport.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

“Please assess yourself. Are you physically and mentally fit to fly? Not only may you be interned for up to 21 days quarantine at a government facility, but your family may also be interned for a minimum of three days. Again, assess yourself before every duty. Your well-being and mental state ultimately has an impact on the safety of the operation.”

That was the stark message conveyed in a letter this week to Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. pilots, sent by the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, the union representing them. Essentially, it’s encouraging members disturbed and upset about the city’s ongoing Covid-19 quarantine rules -- among the strictest in the world -- to consider calling in sick rather than risk taking to the skies.