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Sarah Green Carmichael

Go Ahead: Get on the Plane for That Riviera Vacation

Don’t let your common sense succumb to the coronavirus.

Window seat?

Window seat?

Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Just two weeks ago, the biggest fear frequent fliers faced was having their seatback punched by some jerk or, depending on your point of view, being filmed while punching some jerk’s seat. 

Now, the Covid-19 coronavirus is spreading steadily around the globe, but the fear it engenders has already done at least three laps. Travelers suddenly face a much more disturbing set of questions than why airplanes bother to make seats that recline if you’re not ever supposed to recline them.