Viva Air Trolls Avianca For Violating In-Flight Biosafety Protocols With Onboard Brass Band Then Bragging About It On Twitter.
Those of you who have ever played a brass instrument such as a trumpet or trombone know that there is one gross aspect to them, the spit valve that must be periodically opened to drain out the saliva that accumulates in the instruments, usually straight down to the floor below. In fact, all wind instruments, both brass and reed, depend on the excretion of human saliva. In the photos below, the spit valves on the trumpet and trombone can clearly be seen at the bottom of the bend in each instrument’s brass tube.
When legacy air carrier Avianca pulled a publicity stunt to have musicians on board flight 8565 from Medellín to Bogotá perform a brass serenade for passengers and then posted it on Twitter, rival airline Viva Air was quick to call their competitor out for the risky show. Not the best idea to play saliva spreading instruments on a passenger aircraft during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic!
“As the first airline certified in biosecurity, we know that playing wind instruments aboard is not ideal. What we do have are prices that will be music to your ears”
While 2020 is the most stressful year for aviation at least since 2001, Viva Air clearly hasn’t lost its irreverent sense of humor. How should Avianca respond? Stay tuned by subscribing free or commenting below.
Update: Aerocivil, Colombia’s civil aviation authority has stated that it has opened an investigation into Avianca’s actions for possible violation of biosafety protocols issued in Resolution 1517, passed September 1, 2020 in addition to an apparent violation on Copa Airlines subsidiary Wingo, flying from Cancún to Bogotá.