Saturday , September 25 2021

Lisa Wilkinson forced to apologize for accidentally insulting flight crew as ‘high risk’



Lisa Wilkinson was forced to apologize for accidentally insulting the flight crew as a ‘high risk’ … before immediately setting foot again

  • Wilkinson is speaking with an infectious disease expert on the On The Sunday Project
  • They discuss a hotel worker who contracted Covid-19 from a US flight crew
  • He said cabin crew was a ‘high-risk group’ who had ‘significant exemptions’
  • Professor Robert Booy disagrees and says flight attendants are not a high risk

Lisa Wilkinson was forced to apologize for claiming flight attendants and pilots were at high risk of spreading Covid-19.

Wilkinson is interviewing infectious disease expert Robert Booy at The Sunday Project about a hotel quarantine worker who is believed to have caught the virus from a US flight crew.

‘That [flight] the crew enjoyed significant exclusion despite being a high-risk group. How can that be justified? ‘ she says.

Prof Booy, a University of Sydney professor, disagreed with Wilkinson’s statement, saying it was impossible for the flight crew to spread the coronavirus.

On Project Week, Lisa Wilkinson labels cabin crew a 'high-risk group' and claims they get a 'significant exemption'

On Project Week, Lisa Wilkinson labels cabin crew a ‘high-risk group’ and claims they get a ‘significant exemption’

“ Well, they might not be high risk because we haven’t had any previous examples and so if we start to get more trouble with the crew, fine and good, ” he said.

‘I know the crew and I know what they are doing – they are sleeping. They usually spend a day or two and they leave again. They don’t mix and dance and go to parties. They are not really high risk. ‘

Wilkinson doubled his stance, and cheekily replied, “You obviously know a different flight crew than I do.”

Co-host Joel Creasy considers saying ‘yes same’ before the panelists share the laugh.

But at the end of the segment, Wilkinson apologized and clarified that he did not mean to be disrespectful to the Australian flight crew.

Robert Booy, a University of Sydney professor, disagreed with Wilkinson's statement and said air hosties were no more likely to spread the coronavirus.

Robert Booy, a University of Sydney professor, disagreed with Wilkinson’s statement and said air hosties were no more likely to spread the coronavirus.

‘I feel like I have to follow up there. I know so many great flight crews, none of them Qantas would do anything wrong, ” he said.

“Those are just a few of the other overseas airlines that may not be doing the right thing.”

However, Wilkinson’s awkward apology only insulted the crew of the overseas flight by claiming they were negligent in quarantine compliance.

The panel discussed how health authorities revealed a woman who tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday was ‘most likely’ to have contracted it at the Sydney quarantine hotel where she worked.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the results from genome sequencing revealed that the viral strain was “clearly not” part of the local outbreak.

This strain of virus originated in the US and it is suspected that the woman who worked at the Novotel and Ibis quarantine hotels in Darling Harbor caught the virus from the American flight crew.

This strain of virus originated in the US and it is suspected that the woman who worked at the Novotel and Ibis quarantine hotels in Darling Harbor caught the virus from the American flight crew.

Panelists are discussing a hotel quarantine worker who is believed to have contracted the virus from a US flight crew

Panelists are discussing a hotel quarantine worker who is believed to have contracted the virus from a US flight crew

This strain of virus originated in the US and it is suspected that the woman who worked at the Novotel and Ibis quarantine hotels in Darling Harbor caught the virus from the American flight crew.

“We have a flight crew isolating themselves at Novotel, somehow the person doing the housework there caught the virus from one of the crew members,” said Hazzard.

The state had gone 26 days without a positive test prior to the woman’s infection on Wednesday.

Hotel workers make the 50km round trip six times by train between Minto in southwest Sydney to Central Station and then taking light rail from Central Station to Darling Harbor – all potentially contagious.


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