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BCCDC identifies more Vancouver flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning airline passengers they may have been exposed to COVID-19 on several recent Vancouver flights.
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The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning airline passengers they may have been exposed to COVID-19 on two recent Vancouver flights. 

Yesterday, Vancouver Is Awesome shared 21 new flights in and out of Vancouver's major airport that have been added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.

Now, the following flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:

  • Aug. 30: Flair Flight 8101, Vancouver to Edmonton (Rows 17 - 23)
  • Sept. 5: Air Canada Flight 295, Winnipeg to Vancouver (Rows 19 - 25)

Any travellers returning to B.C. are encouraged to check the BCCDC website for updates about flights with an exposure risk, and those travelling from outside of Canada must arrive prepared with a 14-day self-isolation plan.

The country's two largest airlines ended their onboard seat distancing policies on July 1, raising health concerns amid a pandemic that has devastated the travel industry.

On social media, a few people ask why airlines are permitted to ignore physical distancing protocol while other businesses must adhere to them; others simply say they won't travel with airlines that don't have distancing policies in place. 

Currently, the Government of Canada states that you should avoid all travel outside of the country until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a global travel advisory, the government notes that "This advisory overrides other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk levels for countries or regions where we advise to avoid all travel."

With files from The Canadian Press and Lindsay William-Ross.