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1/ A friend's adventure from LAX to PEK last Sunday

Total cost $6300:
$4900 *one-way* *economy* class ticket on Air China
$1400 hotel/food for the 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated hotels
2/ Checking in at LAX

14 departing international flights for the whole day

mask only.

most passengers appeared to move back to China for good
3/ boarding:

People are suiting up

social distancing caused the line to stretch across the entire wing of the terminal
4/ boarding:

clean-room cosplay or ebola ward?
5/ flight:

the 777-300 is 100% full except for the last 3-4 rows reserved to isolate passengers who develop fever in the flight

6-7 people did develop fever and were moved to the back

flight crew checked everyone's temp every 2-3 hrs
6/ Plane landed in SJW after 14 hrs. All international flights into PEK now land in neighboring provinces for quarantine.

26 ambulances ready to deplane passengers with fevers.

I was told that most passengers did not eat/drink/use bathroom to avoid getting infected.
7/ A couple of passengers fainted during deplaning, because of low blood-sugar or something.

deplaning was done 3 rows at a time.
8/ Border control in SJW:

nonstop disinfecting of all corridors used by passengers.
9/ non-feverish passengers:

6-7 gate areas at the arrival level have been repurposed for COVID19 testing

Passengers got nose/throat smears for rtPCR + IgG/IgM tests (ELISA, so its a blood draw, not finger prick) at the arrival gate.

Cost already included in the airfare.
10/ quarantine:
passengers are assigned hotels in two groups. people who sat within two rows of feverish passengers, and who were farther away

Different hotels for different groups, but with identical quarantine requirement(14 days)

25 passengers per chartered bus to the hotels
11-FIN/ total time elapsed:

14 hrs on the plane
6 hrs (8pm-2am) from landing to hotel lobby

My review:

expensive, time-consuming and not good for anyone prone to thrombosis.
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