As you know, the travel industry has been hit the hardest by COVID-19. It’s the first time in my 25 years of sending Johnny Jet’s Travel News, Deals and Tips that I had to ask for donations. I’m just one of the hundreds of millions of people in this industry affected by this pandemic.
Unfortunately, the government money the airlines were given runs out tomorrow and unless there’s an 11th-hour package deal, many aviation experts are predicting tens of thousands more jobs will be lost. They’re calling it Terrible Thursday.
American Airlines is expected to furlough more than 19,000 jobs including 8,000 flight attendants. One of them is Breaunna Ross, who shared a three-minute Facebook video of what is expected to be her last PA announcement, when the flight she was working touched down in Dallas on Sunday night. You can watch the video here and here’s the transcript, thanks to TravelPulse.com:
“As all of you know, the airline industry has been impacted greatly by this global pandemic. Unfortunately, this is my last working day before that day comes. I will never forget seeing your faces today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kindness shown on today’s flight.
“I also want to personally thank each and every one of you for choosing to fly American today. This job was an escape for me after being unhappy with my job after graduating from college. It was a job that awarded me many opportunities. A job that I fell in love with. I have been to places I thought I’d never have the opportunity to go and places I never knew existed. I’ve met people from all walks of life and made friendships that will last the rest of my life.
“With so much happening in the world, you never know how small actions can impact the next person. Please be kind to one another, practice compassion with everyone and live with acceptance of yourself and others.”
It’s difficult to watch without shedding a tear and I definitely got choked up. It’s a difficult time for everyone and a great reminder to be kind to one another.