Still a lot of flights

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Some have criticised New Zealand for being slow in closing our borders, but we seem to have been far better at isolating ourselves than other countries.

If you zoom in there’s actually about half a dozen flights currently in New Zealand.

The amount of US air activity is remarkable.

This could be changing – Americans face nearly unprecedented travel restrictions inside US as states rush to stem coronavirus tide

As more and more Americans fall ill with the coronavirus and President Trump warns it will peak sometime in April, states nationwide are moving quickly to implement travel restrictions on people coming in from other parts of the country, regulating the interstate travel of Americans to an extent not seen in modern American history.

Rhode Island was one of the first states to implement restrictions on Americans coming from a coronavirus hot spot by mandating that any New Yorkers traveling to the state self-quarantine for 14 days.

That restriction led New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to threaten to sue as the Rhode Island National Guard went door-to-door in the state to tell New Yorkers about their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“I understand the goal … but there’s a point of absurdity, and I think what Rhode Island did is at that point of absurdity,” Cuomo said. “We have to keep the ideas and the policies we implement positive rather than reactionary and emotional.”

Or not.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, announced Sunday that he would require visitors to his state from anywhere in Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after previously mandating such a quarantine for travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans. He also included air travelers from California, Washington state, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami in the new mandatory self-quarantine.

Florida has required anyone entering the state from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days while also setting up roadside checkpoints to screen travelers entering the state from Louisiana. Oklahoma ordered all travelers from six different states to quarantine for 14 days. Alaska has required “all people” entering the state to self-quarantine. Montana issued an almost identical directive Monday. So did Massachusetts on Friday.

Some stable doors being closed, but well after the virus has bolted.

This charts flight activity for the year, with an obvious recent drop:

Total and Commercial traffic in 2020