EDITORIAL – Sorry, but whining travellers don’t deserve much sympathy

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT’S HARD TO SYMPATHIZE with all the complaining travellers who seem to think the pandemic is the government’s fault.

Every day, it seems, there’s somebody on the news who got stuck in a foreign country and is having trouble getting home due to travel restrictions, or who has gotten home but is having a problem with isolating.

People can’t be blamed, I suppose, for not being able to keep up to the ever-changing ground rules — so to speak — for flying. Restrictions to and from various countries come and go as variants rage and attempts are made to slow down the spread. Requirements on quarantines rise and fall. Testing ebbs and flows.

Just on Friday, the feds reintroduced the requirement for a negative PCR pre-arrival test, including for those leaving for less than 72 hours. That comes into effect tomorrow.

At the same time, the travel ban to 10 African countries was removed as of Saturday night.

Right now, fliers are complaining about the food and accommodations they must endure while waiting for test results. And about lost luggage. And about laundry not being done to their specifications. And about hallways covered in plastic. About poor ventilation. And poor communication. And, of course, about having to be tested.

“Wretched,” said one world traveller. “Dystopian,” said another. “We feel like criminals,” said another.

My heart bleeds for them. I might have thought these folks would be grateful that our government is taking measures to keep them and those they come in contact with alive through this pandemic. I might have thought they’d be just fine with a little inconvenience in return for being safe.

Obviously, such things are irrelevant in the face of plain food and poor laundry service.

Since that’s the case, how about they just stay home for Christmas? The federal government has re-issued an advisory against non-essential international travel.

Maybe those hard-done-by whiners should listen to that advice for a change.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on EDITORIAL – Sorry, but whining travellers don’t deserve much sympathy

  1. Robert George // December 30, 2021 at 1:40 PM // Reply

    I more than agree.When we’re talking travelling it’s mostly about airlines.Long before the pandemic I advocated the curtailment of the airline industry as it then existed, chiefly for two reasons,the polution of our atmosphere and the transfer of germs. I guess we can all see the beautiful blue skies we are now experiencing.We have really become an unthinking selfish society.
    Anyway perhaps and unfortunately,only perhaps, the state the world now finds itself in may be the catalyst it took to smarten us all up. One can only hope.

  2. Ian MacKenzie // December 20, 2021 at 8:52 AM // Reply

    In total agreement, Mel!

  3. Agreed!

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