How to avoid a dangerous trip to Mexico on your Mexico-bound flight
Travellers can avoid a potentially dangerous trip on their Mexico-bounging flight if they take steps to minimize their exposure to the country’s toxic smog.
The Toronto-based company, which operates more than 2,000 flights a week across Canada, advises travellers to avoid travelling to areas with “high levels of airborne pollution” like the cities of Mexico City and Guadalajara.
“The smog that we’ve been seeing is a bit of a wake-up call,” said co-founder and CEO Marc Fuchs, who is based in Vancouver.
For the airline, the smog is a major headache: It can lead to long delays and even cancels. “
So, we wanted to be able to get people off the plane so they could avoid these areas.”
For the airline, the smog is a major headache: It can lead to long delays and even cancels.
It also means that many flights have to be canceled.
“There have been several cancellations,” said Fuchs.
But the airline is also urging travellers to stay safe: It advises travellers take a leaf out of its book.
Airports across Canada are being urged to limit their exposure by limiting the amount of time passengers spend on flights and by not flying in the same areas as the pollution, the airline said in a news release.
Some airlines have also warned their customers to avoid flying to Mexico City, which is home to the World Trade Centre.
Ahead of the new smog warning, the Canadian airline has asked travellers to wear face masks while on the plane and to avoid driving for more than 30 minutes at the start of each trip.
Fuchs said the airline also wants people to take a minute to take stock of their health, which may be hard for some travellers who may not have been familiar with the countrys health problems before travelling.
The airline is asking travellers to keep their eyes open and not ignore the warning signs: the smothered-up passengers and the smelly air.
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