I recently returned from a brief trip to Miami and I see you all have been busy in my absence. Covid cases and deaths "out and bad", it's open season on prison officers and circus clowns participating in mass gatherings to protest a virus that thrives when people congregate. Some people just dunce for spite.
In between black Friday shopping I had just enough time and wifi access to see the reactions to the PM's Monsterpiece Theater style address to the nation. I don't know who did the lighting for that but it's safe to say they have cataracts. Anyway, thank the lord I wasn't in the country to react in real time or I might be receiving a pre-action protocol letter sometime this week. I mean, I am upset I missed another episode of the history of Coronavirus since the beginning time but small ting.
Miami on the other hand is living a different reality. Over there it's like Covid doesn't exist or they believe Covid is a state of mind. Everyone is responsible for their own safety and their own response to the virus. If you want to wear a mask and social distance then you can. However, if you want to Rollerblade down Ocean's Drive doing a group hug while wearing a navel breaker, tall socks and no mask then you can do that too. Everyone is free to congregate as much or as little as they want.
What about the cases and deaths in Florida you may ask. Well, Florida has found a winning formula. They've discovered that if you stop reporting numbers then you can't have any spikes in cases or deaths. If the hospitals get overwhelmed then too bad, that's what your rights and freedoms bought you. Imagine persons taking personal responsibility for their own actions and dealing with the consequences. It's actually quite brilliant and refreshing.
I learned something on this trip that made me clutch my figurative pearls. I thought I'd share it so you too can share in my anxiety. Ok, so we all know by now that you need to apply for your TT Travel Pass to return to sweet sweet T&T. To do that you need a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of your flight. Thats easy enough, it's actually free in Miami and you get your results emailed to you within 24 hours.
So your boy went online, filled out all the information and received an approval within a couple minutes. I was shocked, flabbergasted and dare I say impressed.
Once you get to the airport your pass is checked along with your documents at check-in, before you board the plane and upon arrival. I was even annoyed that they had to check it again when I got home because I naively figured that they should be able to pull it up in some system and see that I was approved right?
That was until I was informed by an airport official that shall remain nameless (also, I don't know their name) that the TT Travel Pass is an automated system that doesn't actually verify the accuracy of your documents before you are approved. You get a conditional approval from the system and someone is supposed to check it, but it isn't always done. In fact, the same official mentioned that there was one passenger the very same day I returned who had a positive PCR test and was allowed to board a foreign airline and reach to these shores. That person merely answered that they had a negative PCR test and the hapless TT Travel Pass system gleefully granted an approval. Multiple people along the chain checked the docs and pass but failed to stop this person. Luckily the diligent persons in our airport caught it in time but I shudder to think how many people were exposed to potential infection.
So there you have it my friends. The moral of the story is people need to stop relying on others to keep them safe. We all need to "grow a pair", "suck it up buttercup" and do what's necessary to protect ourselves. Wear yuh mask properly, not like a chin jockey shorts. Maintain proper distancing and tell idiots to step back if they can't count to six feet. Most of all, if you're medically able, get vaccinated and take your booster when it's available.