QANTAS: Baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport test positive for COVID-19. Plane turned back
A plane flying from Sydney to Adelaide has been told to turn back in mid-air after a group of six Qantas baggage handlers tested positive for COVID-19.
Health authorities have recommended travellers who have passed through Adelaide Airport over the last 24 hours have been advised to wipe down their suitcases and other baggage.
Qantas felt it was unable to service the aircraft safely in Adelaide, and will accommodate the passengers back in Sydney overnight.
Other flights to Adelaide, from Brisbane and Melbourne, have also been cancelled.
SA Health thinks’ a significant number of airport workers will need to enter self-isolation in accordance with their contact with the Qantas baggage handlers.
I have until this current crisis traversed this route fortnightly. In fact, I was booked on a flight between Qantas and Adelaide yesterday before South Australia closed its borders. I daresay I know the flight attendants who were on the turned around flight by sight.
My thoughts are with the affected workers, and the passengers and crew of the turned around aircraft