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Dear Virgin cabin crew...

I haven’t liked much of what I’ve seen of humanity in the last week or so - though to be honest most of my (now minimal) interactions with humanity have been largely limited to the grocery store.

Herding, hoarding... I have a new unwanted vocabulary that, when used or even simply heard, leaves a bad aftertaste. 


But then there are moments that shake off the Trumpian racism and I think that humans are almost worthy of the love of their dogs. 


This is one of those moments.



Paul Zalai was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne on VA804. The route between these two cities is usually one of the busiest in the world, but when Zalai flew, there were only 12 passengers on board. 


According to a LinkedIn post by Paul Zalai, cabin crew on the flight brought the passengers to the front of the plane and encouraged them to engage. 


“All passengers shared their coronavirus experience and how it is impacting their business and personally,” Mr Zalai wrote.


Calling it a “sort of impromptu therapy session”, Zalai said he boarded the flight “somewhat dejected” but disembarked “inspired and pumped ready to do our bit”.


He even shared his experience with Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah, telling him he should “be so very proud of your team”.



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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 20 March 2020

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