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Coyote on Arizona Airport’s Airfield Causes Delays

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Coyotes are a common sight in Arizona, but it’s not every day that one delays a flight. However, not one, not two, but three arriving flights were briefly delayed when a coyote was spotted roaming Arizona’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s airfield Monday morning.

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A spokesperson for Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) confirmed that the coyote eventually left the airfield unharmed, stating that “Airfield staffers were able to coax it to a gate where it exited toward the mostly dry riverbed which borders Phoenix Sky Harbor on the south.”

The spokesperson also confirmed that, during the short time it took for airport staffers to safely clear the runway, three incoming flights were forced to circle the runway.

Aside from the brief delay, overall airport operations were unaffected and returned to normal soon afterward.

Fortunately, no roadrunners appeared on the airfield to cause further shenanigans.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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