We're all still trying to wrap our heads around COVID-19 and how easily it can be transmitted. Traveling has become scarce as more people have shared their experiences, emphasizing the seriousness of the pandemic. In this case, a London student accidentally caused major panic aboard her flight when she asked for painkillers. For her hangover.
Julia Walentin, a 26-year-old student who had been vacationing in Cambodia with friend Dina Oetterli, had a little too much to drink before making her way back home. In fact, before she boarded the flight, Walentin said she got sick from her hangover.
Walentin said, “We had to be at the airport at 6 a.m., so we both had hardly any sleep, and I felt so hungover.”
So once the two students boarded, they figured they'd ask for some medication and possibly a seat upgrade since they weren't feeling well. Thinking it was obvious they were hungover, they weren't expecting the airline crew to snap into extreme protective measures. They especially weren't expecting to be suspected of having coronavirus.
“I tried to explain that I was just tired and hungover, but they moved everyone on my row away and made me lie down,” Walentin explained. “They also asked me to put a mask on and started taking my temperature, but the readings were really up and down. It was horrendous on a 14-hour flight. It felt more like 40.”
Walentin also mentioned that the duo was interrogated about their previous travels and activities.
“They told me that they were in touch with doctors on the ground in London and that they would be waiting for me. It was such a panic. They made everyone, including us, fill out forms stating where we had traveled from, our addresses and if we had symptoms. I just wanted to go home, but they told me they had to follow protocol and they were taking it very seriously,” Walentin said. “I was so embarrassed. Everyone was annoyed that they had been held up on the plane. They knew it was because of me.”
Once they landed, the pair were escorted off by doctors and firefighters in hazmat suits. They were sent to “a place near the airport that looked like it was under construction, with scaffolding on the outside.”
The two are now waiting on their test results—and enjoying some Coronas in the meantime.