Flying in the time of coronavirus with Laurel Chor | The Coconuts Podcast | June 12, 2020

We talk with photographer and journalist Laurel Chor about her experience flying from Paris to Hong Kong by way of London during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laurel’s live-tweeting of her experience — from empty airports to passengers in hazmat suits to testing and quarantine in Hong Kong — captivated hundreds of thousands who wanted to know the deal with long haul air travel these days.

Can you use your flyer miles during a pandemic? Are hazmat suits à la Naomi Campbell mandatory for travelers? Do you get more attention and extra snacks from flight attendants? All these questions answered and more on what it’s like to travel in the midst of a global pandemic in today’s podcast. 

Other stories include:

Fishing Fury: Thai man charges rivals on jet ski with gun | NTB man allegedly tricked 40 men into getting massages by pretending to be a woman | Nearly 30,000 say ‘No’ to tracking devices for Singaporeans | ‘It’s a bloodbath’: Bangkok restaurants devastated by booze ban | Social expectations and financial constraints are blocking the rise of Indonesian women’s basketball | Poor Filipino children are planning to drop out of school because of ‘blended’ learning

The Coconuts Podcast delivers impactful, weird, and wonderful reporting by our journalists on the ground in eight cities: Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, and Bali. Listen to headline news and insightful interviews on matters large and small, designed for people located in – or curious about – Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.

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