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Airline traffic has crawled to nearly a standstill since the coronavirus pandemic, with very view passengers willing to chance sitting in a closed area with other people.

Passengers flying out of a Florida airport got a message of thanks Sunday morning from the ground crew of one airline, as workers held up signs of thanks, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

At least five ground crew workers for Southwest Airlines at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport walked along the tarmac and held up signs next to a plane bound for Albuquerque, New Mexico, the newspaper reported.


The signs read “Thanks Ft. Lauderdale for flying on Southwest!” and “We got you! We love you.”

“Everyone on the plane thought it was really cool,” James Lott, who took the photograph, told the Sun-Sentinel.

Lott told the newspaper there were approximately 30 people on the flight and said all passengers had rows to themselves.

It is a product of social distancing. According to CNN, air travel has dropped 96% compared to the same time last year. The Transportation Security Administration screen slightly less than 94,000 on April 8; 2.3 million people were screened on the same day in 2019, the network reported.

The signs by the ground crew Sunday were a way of saying thanks to those consumers who continue to fly.