After a Hawaiian Airlines corona training session at the end of June, 17 participants tested positive for the virus. During a course in the Hawaiian city of Honululu, flight attendants should learn how to prevent infection between the crew and the passengers – in the end, they themselves become sick.
One of them was Jeff Kurtzman († 60) from Los Angeles. The virus hit him so badly that he died about three weeks later. Now it becomes clear: At the Corona training, neither social distancing was observed nor masks were worn.
“He didn’t want to get sick”
Kurtzman was looking forward to the training in Honolulu, as a friend of his told “NBC Los Angeles”. But his joy was short-lived. Because on the second day, many course participants would no longer have taken the Corona measures so seriously – that frightened Kurtzman.
That’s why he always wore a mask. “He didn’t want to get sick,” said the friend. Nevertheless, he became infected with the virus and died on July 21. “We lost an angel,” she grieves.
The flight attendant has worked for Hawaiian Airlines since 1986. The airline’s CEO, Peter Ingram, wrote in a message to his employees about Kurtzman: “Over the past three decades, he has been known to his colleagues for his passion for discovering new places, people and cultures.” And: “We are reminded every day that this virus is serious and highly communicable.”
In the meantime, the training in Honululu continues – this time with face masks and social distancing. The measures come too late for Jeff Kurtzman. (bra)
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