A Kauai police spokesman, Coco Zickos, confirmed Wednesday that officials at San Francisco International Airport had asked the couple to isolate and not fly. However, the couple still boarded the flight with their 4-year-old child. As a result, the two were arrested and their child was brought home by a family member. The child protection services were also notified. “They knowingly boarded a flight that was aware of their positive COVID-19 test results and put the passengers on the flight at risk of death,” Zickos told NBC News.
The couple noted bail for $ 1,000 each. If convicted, the pair could face up to a year in prison and a $ 2,000 fine. It is currently unclear whether Moribe or Peterson kept a lawyer. “The Kauai Police Department continues to work with our county and state partners to protect the health and safety of our island,” said Police Chief Todd G. Raybuck in a statement. “We continue to urge visitors and residents to follow the governor’s emergency rules and take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
According to The Washington PostThe arrest is the most recent incident in which passengers disregarded safety guidelines on their trip to Hawaii. Since the pandemic began, Hawaii has arrested several residents and tourists for violating security measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. In one case A New York tourist was arrested in May after sharing pictures of himself on the beach on Instagram when he was believed to be in mandatory quarantine. Daily Kos reported.
While have cases in the state declinedThe state saw an increase in visitor numbers despite having advised not to travel. This resulted in local officials launching a pre-travel testing program called the Safe Travels Program at the beginning of the pandemic to contain the virus. The couple had attended this mandatory program that required a pre-travel test and a health form to be completed.
As a result of their selfish and irresponsible actions, both of them Moribe and Peterson have been banned from United flights, an airline spokesman confirmed.
“The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority. So we’ve put in place various policies and procedures as part of a multi-layered approach to creating a safer travel environment, including requiring everyone on board to wear a mask, “United Airlines said in a statement on Wednesday. “Before traveling, all United customers must complete a flying checklist confirming that they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.”
Traveling amid a pandemic, when health officials encourage residents not to do so is one thing, but traveling while aware of the risk you are exposing others to is more than selfish. By boarding this flight, Moribe and Peterson put thousands at risk, not hundreds, but thousands of people. COVID-19 is a deadly virus and shouldn’t be viewed as less.
There have been at least 18,117 cases of COVID-19 and 242 deaths in the state of Hawaii, according to this report The New York Times Database.