COVID-19: How Aviation is Fighting for Survival

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  1. Tom Dabek

    Tom Dabek33 minutter siden

    This is the worst Plague Inc. review ever.

  2. herbayse

    herbayse3 timer siden

    those airlines should have emergency savings smh... maybe, just maybe if they stop using 96% of their cash flow over the past 10 years on buybacks, they wouldn't need a bailout? or maybe just work harder? is that really hard? corporations are also people like us, right?

  3. Honza Grossmann

    Honza Grossmann3 timer siden

    I work in the aviation industry. Not for an airline, but for an airport. It all started in January with cancelation of flights to/from China and new hand sanitizer stands. A few weeks later, more flights got canceled. Then the screenings for people inbound from Italy began. About a week or two after that, flights to/from Italy were canceled altogether. Then the airport started giving out respirators to all airport employees. On my last day of work, only about 8-10 planes arrived throughout the duration of my shift. There are usually ~30. Later that day an email came. “You’re temporarily out of a job”. Now, I’m doing fine, but I know it screwed over a lot of people I work with. I wish them the best, we’ll see what the future holds.

  4. TheDopoqob

    TheDopoqob3 timer siden

    Love Tom Scott. Subscribing to Nebula because of this video!

  5. Melissa jones

    Melissa jones5 timer siden

    Airlines have enough money to be out of action indefinitely and pick up where they left off.

  6. mohit singh

    mohit singh6 timer siden

    Chinese viruse

  7. Russell Scoop

    Russell Scoop6 timer siden

    The sky belongs to the birds again !!! the way it supposed to be !!!

  8. Naboth Anyang'

    Naboth Anyang'7 timer siden


  9. KR!RK

    KR!RK8 timer siden

    As oil price dropped drastically and people should spend less time travelling, we should bring back Concorde.

  10. RapidFire Muzik™

    RapidFire Muzik™8 timer siden

    Aviation has died in Australia pretty much, i feel that when the world comes right?....there will be ALLLLLLLLLOT of Blame on China or China's Government all over social media, more than now

  11. Brendan Doria

    Brendan Doria8 timer siden

    Why didn’t anyone pay attention to your How to Stop an Epidemic video?

  12. Alex Pierce

    Alex Pierce8 timer siden

    Now hang on, that US airport... that looks like Sea-Tac!

  13. Peter Francis

    Peter Francis9 timer siden

    Wendover: I can't smile without plane I can't smile without plane I can't laugh and I can't sing I'm finding it hard to do anything

  14. Ryl Jackdaw

    Ryl Jackdaw11 timer siden

    covid virus will be transferred via 5G

  15. Ian Pey

    Ian Pey13 timer siden

    Literally almost every plane: Urgh stupid virus, now we’re just laying lifeless on the ground unable to fly anywhere! 737 MAX: *First Time?*

  16. TheRevenant

    TheRevenant14 timer siden

    me watching this as a student pilot -.-

  17. Infinite Skies

    Infinite Skies15 timer siden

    Great video! I just uploaded a video on my channel on how quiet JFK has become due to coronavirus pls check it out :)

  18. Michael Horn

    Michael Horn16 timer siden


  19. Two Tone

    Two Tone17 timer siden

    With such a huge backlog of cargo, you would think airlines would jump on that quicker.

  20. Cranix Raban

    Cranix Raban18 timer siden

    u should do more sponsored ads so even more ppl just quit watching ur stuff

  21. The Fare Player

    The Fare Player18 timer siden

    Planes not flying is actually amazing for the environment, so that’s good.

  22. coolintake

    coolintake18 timer siden

    statement @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="540">9:00</a> : What metric(s) you're using to come up with such conclusion or is it just your opinion?

  23. Maksim M

    Maksim M20 timer siden

    Hello Sam, you are doing an amazing job, I am really enjoying your videos. Please feel free to reach out in case you wish to expand your viewer audience (other languages).

  24. StamX

    StamX20 timer siden

    oh shoot. i didnt know wendover and hai were the same guy.

  25. Sizano Green

    Sizano Green20 timer siden

    Capsule Room for myself and isolated with air filters would be nice. Looking at how little I fly I wouldn't mind the price up that much I think.

  26. Paul Furey

    Paul Furey21 time siden

    Americans banning flights to China, that was too late as it COVID-19 was there since December. It was of no use. The banning of flights from Europe was also a political move, also useless!

  27. Kagan Roy

    Kagan Roy22 timer siden

    I trained to be a pilot on 2015-16. While I learned to be a competent pilot, the culture of the industry I found terribly toxic, and not very welcoming to anyone different from what they view as pilot material. Well its starting to look like it was actually a good thing that I didnt make it in this business.

  28. Tim Anderson

    Tim AndersonDag siden

    Perhaps 40 billion in stock buybacks to pad executive compensation was not such a good idea after all.......

  29. funyguy

    funyguyDag siden

    Sorry to those who have lost their jobs but lets be brutally honest here , aviation is the reason this virus has spread the world over ,. how else could it have spread so fast in a matter of weeks ? ,. some things just need to be said

  30. JBA512

    JBA512Dag siden

    Still shitloads of planes in the air daily

  31. Tjo Wen

    Tjo WenDag siden

    thanks, China.

  32. klarigi4219

    klarigi4219Dag siden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="600">10:00</a> Sam we all know what you look like smh

  33. kunal lakhera

    kunal lakheraDag siden

    Great content....Keep working....Also create Case studies on India.....Love from 🇮🇳

  34. PaladinGuy

    PaladinGuyDag siden

    "Trains good. Cars bad. Planes even worse." -Well There's Your Problem Podcast.

  35. 1

    1Dag siden

    This is the aviation industries Karma for overcharging, over cramping and treating customers like crap. Ofcouse they are being bailed out tho cause the government likes socialism when its for the wealthy companies but not the poor

  36. itz_glitterwolfplayz0w0

    itz_glitterwolfplayz0w0Dag siden

    2012 people: Wait I thought the world was going to end now! 2020 people: GET THE TOILET PAPER!!!

  37. cheese chisel

    cheese chiselDag siden

    aircraft don't become unusable from sitting around in storage mode ... the planes will still be here, it will certainly survive

  38. Micah Tataje

    Micah TatajeDag siden

    *works in the airline industry, sweating profusely* Also, I would like to personally thank all US taxpayers for the bail out.

  39. Nekros

    NekrosDag siden

    I'm sorry to all the workers, but I eagerly await all 6 of them to kick the bucket so new guys can take over.

  40. Venus ,

    Venus ,Dag siden

    *it all goes downhill from here*

  41. anrojoo

    anrojooDag siden

    this might be the best thing that has ever happened to the airline industry as a whole, as it will allow bad structures to collapse and be reborn anew with a new better optimized more efficient and productive industry. Its like quitting, resetting a restarting a videogame once you know what not to do

  42. Joz Pinto Gonzalez

    Joz Pinto GonzalezDag siden

    your videos are simply great and entertaining!! but...c' hardly ever speak about us, southamericans u_u apart from brazil of course...i'm peruvian and it would be cool to see some content focused on this part of the world.

  43. Jason Aus

    Jason AusDag siden

    Considering they were the main carriers to the world, it makes sense that it would collapse

  44. Darth Senate

    Darth SenateDag siden

    Am I the only one who admits that most of the stock footage for the American airports are from SeaTac? Lol. Washington is hell when compared to the other states when it comes to the Corona Virus.

  45. CheesyBread

    CheesyBreadDag siden

    Delta puts Money printer goes brrrrrr

  46. John von Shepard

    John von ShepardDag siden


  47. sogma Lukem

    sogma LukemDag siden

    I'm loving this whole coronavirus thing! no traffic, super cheap flights, i get to work and back in record time. we need to have coronavirus all the time!

  48. Mateusz Zimon

    Mateusz Zimon15 timer siden

    I now ovn a limo with driver, when travel to work (max 5/12 pax)

  49. Lucas Simons

    Lucas SimonsDag siden

    I'm not an expert but the cruise ship industry has taken a big hit too.

  50. Mario Kempes

    Mario KempesDag siden

    Sam. Have you heard about this? Perhaps you can do one of your videos?

  51. rollthetape88

    rollthetape88Dag siden

    we don't want excessive air travel its causeing global warming. carbon tax passenger flights, to put up operating costs to make it prohibitively expensivem therefore only essential travel will be made. buisnees meetings need to move to zoom conferencing. average joe doesn't need immediate access to anywhere on the planet its bonkers.

  52. Alex Surber

    Alex SurberDag siden

    So basically if you want to have no chance of catching coronavirus just move into an airport

  53. oh yeah mr crabs

    oh yeah mr crabsDag siden

    that get untied you broke drums

  54. Vincent Killen

    Vincent KillenDag siden

    what i hate is that they bought their own stocks when everything was good but now they want huge government bailouts while the individual doesnt know if he or she will get the government check to afford food for the week.

  55. GG_gamer YT

    GG_gamer YTDag siden

    The virus in italy came from Germany...

  56. Mateusz Zimon

    Mateusz Zimon15 timer siden

    IRC this is untrue, virus comes from Spain(?)

  57. senni bgon

    senni bgonDag siden

    Aviation: Struggling to survive American Trains: First time?

  58. Aleph Z.

    Aleph Z.Dag siden

    Disconnect the World - Wide - Web 🕸️ series between recruiting (traffickers) agents & agencies as the Child Soldiers, Human (sex slaves) & the Traders, PIMPs(Agents), Prostitutes, Brothels (global), drug traffickers & smugglers.. Under the banner of; Traveling, Tourism, Aviation & Hotel management industries ?

  59. Simo Vaikre

    Simo VaikreDag siden

    no indusrty that has been more impacted. Well probably no other industry that is more responsible for the spread of the virus.

  60. senni bgon

    senni bgonDag siden

    Now instead of police all over the world especially USA having this post 911 mentality ( TYRANTS ) now they will be scared of We the people. 🇺🇲

  61. Zenbeach Traveler

    Zenbeach TravelerDag siden

    Decades of Over pricing and BS promo fares! These companies need to be less Corrupt and greedy. Their ads alone are on your face corruption. Stop these abusive system when the virus is gone!

  62. P

    PDag siden

    Airlines had it coming. None of them kept their aircraft hygienic ever. Dirty toilets, dirty floors, dirty surfaces. Profit over hygiene was always a major turn off.

  63. e e

    e eDag siden

    thats what they get for postponing my flight from 6 to 12 and then canceling it for the next day

  64. R C

    R CDag siden

    Thank you China

  65. ash G.

    ash G.Dag siden

    Let them die and the market will make better airlines.

  66. Mihai Ionuț

    Mihai IonuțDag siden

    2009 pandemic was the first of the century

  67. Jose Ortega

    Jose OrtegaDag siden

    It was actually February for me. I work, or worked, in China.

  68. Judge Dredd

    Judge DreddDag siden

    If you need to blame the virus you need to blame the Chinese communists for the spread

  69. Car Toffeln

    Car ToffelnDag siden

    Good thing they were able to grow their profits, now they have a load of money saved up and we don't need to bail them out with tax dollars.... Right?

  70. MaskedMageYT

    MaskedMageYTDag siden

    Airlines 2019: buying back their own stocks to look good on paper, giving executives multi million dollar bonuses. Airlines 2020: Bail us out with taxpayer money! DONT BAIL OUT BIG COMPANY. IF YOU DO BAIL THEM OUT LET THE GOVERNMENT TAKE EQUITY OF THE COMPANY THAT GETS BAILED OUT. ENOUGH BAILING OUT THE BILLIONAIRES.

  71. Ryan Mettler

    Ryan MettlerDag siden

    This will force aviation to take steps toward health regulations specifically through the passing of diseases, and sickness

  72. Shawn Li

    Shawn LiDag siden


  73. Jerry Gu

    Jerry GuDag siden

    CNBC tried to enter your territory!

  74. keiming227

    keiming227Dag siden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="112">1:52</a> Not "Most", is "All" Airlines are own or controlled by the Chinese central government

  75. Emajossch

    EmajosschDag siden

    Not excited about the prospect of my dollars being used to bailout the aviation industry which has spent so much of their money on stock buybacks in the past few years instead of saving or preparing for a crisis like this. Too big to fail? They've already failed, they're just so deep into the pockets of the government already it doesn't matter.

  76. DE EU

    DE EUDag siden

    Now instead of police all over the world especially USA having this post 911 mentality ( TYRANTS ) now they will be scared of We the people. 🇺🇲

  77. Just a Zebra that does minecraft totorials

    Just a Zebra that does minecraft totorialsDag siden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="182">3:02</a> addresses such as what? im intrigued.. im guessing; 9/11, sandy hook, huricane *insert name*

  78. Andrei Maltsev

    Andrei MaltsevDag siden

    Sorry, I literally learned nothing new from this video... You turned into Game Theory

  79. R C

    R CDag siden

    The virus first spread to Japan , then to South Korea tho

  80. Occult Demon Cassette

    Occult Demon CassetteDag siden

    Too Big To Fail = Government should take over that business.

  81. AYL Yi-Huh

    AYL Yi-HuhDag siden

    coronavirus: about to end the aviation industry and put Wendover out of a job Wendover: hold my airplane

  82. Allen Nelson

    Allen Nelson2 dager siden

    When you don't have your health, nothing else matters. - Elon Musk.

  83. bob2000and10

    bob2000and102 dager siden

    Tom Scott is a scumbag