As news of travel bans and other coronavirus prevention measures spread, travelers hurried home—and now, the airports are becoming ghost towns.
The coronavirus pandemic has the entire region—and the globe—doing its best to stop the spread of the virus, including avoiding air travel. In the past week, Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport went from being overly busy to eerily quiet. Here are 11 tweets that show the difference.
Reagan National Airport in DC was packed this morning. This direct flight to Phx is more than 90% full. About one screen every 2 rows watching WH press conference.
There’s confusion across the country over extent actionable steps should be taken to match the alarm.
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) March 14, 2020
Flying back to DC on Thursday. Dulles Airport is probably going to be a living scene from Dante’s Inferno.
— Marquis de Sad!🌐 (@LoicTheStoic) March 16, 2020
:( Dulles Airport yesterday. Took 10 hours to get through supposedly. Americans returning before Trumps ban starts. Forgot to plan for it! pic.twitter.com/saNBLCCtRH
— Antony Slumbers (@antonyslumbers) March 15, 2020
@Dulles_Airport @CDCgov @NIH @thepointsguy @GovernorVA just landed Dulles from Europe. No social distancing. We are in lines jammed together. Staff don’t have masks or gloves. pic.twitter.com/KOY1SlXLKb
— sausnetz (@sausnetz) March 14, 2020
Some irony: @zoom_us, a company several universities will be using to transition to online classes, is being advertised in the security bins at @Reagan_Airport, where many DMV college students are traveling through to return home for the semester because of #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/Sg3nHLvrHD
— Mychael Schnell (@mychaelschnell) March 13, 2020
I’m at Dulles airport it has about 10% of the people that’s normally here on a Monday. A ghost town in comparison.
— Notfor Publicview VA is 4 Lo❤️ers (@z9bill) March 16, 2020
This is #dullesairport in DC. It is a ghost town. 5 people going through security at the same time as me. This is frightening. Take the quarantines seriously. #covid_19 #quarantine @ Washington Dulles International… https://t.co/VykTs1ZAjn
— Wendy Keeling (@WKeeling) March 16, 2020
— K♥ssie Edwards (@KassieME) March 14, 2020
— Mina Kaji (@MinaKajiABC) March 14, 2020
Never seen Reagan Airport this dead before. Something definitely is going on. ✈️ 📸 pic.twitter.com/IWqLkVoZ8y
— Anthony Tilghman (@AnthonyTilghman) March 16, 2020
TSA check in at Reagan airport 8:30am today, 16 March. No line no wait. Pray we find a Coronavirus vaccine soon! pic.twitter.com/KhQeOIFafH
— Darrell L. Smith (@smithusaf) March 16, 2020
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