Before a recent sold-out flight aboard the low-budget airline HK Express, 112 passengers went through security as they always would—and had their temperature checked, as they sometimes would. Then they boarded the plane without luggage. And with all the middle seats blocked off, most headed for the window to gaze out at the Hong Kong skyline for the duration of the 90-minute journey.
There was no airplane food served to sniff at, or drinks poured to ease the nerves. Instead, the sole goal of the “UO Flycation” flight was to re-discover the magic of air travel during these stormy coronavirus days. Upon landing, passengers were given a colored lanyard to avoid having to endure Hong Kong’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. The memory? Priceless, perhaps. The cost? $50.