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Your Air Travel Experience Will Never Be the Same

Even before Covid-19, flying was often a miserable affair. It’s about to get much worse — whether you’re in economy or first.

The airline travel experience will be changing.

The airline travel experience will be changing.

Photographer: Fox Photos/Getty Images.


The British romantic comedy “Love Actually” is saccharine, and occasionally creepy, but it’s hard not to be touched by the documentary footage that bookends the movie of families and friends embracing in the arrivals hall of London’s Heathrow airport.

Today those scenes look alien and jarring: A pandemic has turned the world’s airports into ghost towns. Even after the coronavirus abates, air travel will be scarred permanently. No wonder the investor Warren Buffett is giving up on his bet on U.S. airlines.