AP PHOTOS: Flying out of Johannesburg into Paris, two hotspots

PARIS — The safety officer pointing out the thermometer hardly glanced, but wanted the traveler a”Happy Holiday.” The bag wrappers day-dreamed of better times, and also the record of departing flights did not even fill 1 movie monitor.

Covid-19 just mutated and lots of flights out of South Africa are being prohibited.

Normally, travelers pushing trolleys of oversize luggage snake through traces into the check counters, followed by lengthy lines for safety and immigration. The company lounges are overcrowded and it may take 20 minutes to cover a duty-free jar of wine.

Not that Christmas.

The check-in is straightforward. There’s not any need to demonstrate evidence of a COVID-19 test. There are not any lines at safety, where the large old X-ray machines are replaced with a high-tech full-body scanner. Only a fast temperature test and then turn in a monitoring type to a wellness official.

The global terminal is vacant. Most stores are closed, apart from the duty-free (although not profit-free) cologne, alcohol, and tobacco shop, a sunglasses franchise plus a listless electronics store.

Boarding is a breeze since it must be if a plane reaches less than 40 percent capacity.

Passengers sporting designer fabric masks are requested to carry them off and use the not-so-trendy yet universally recognized as a successful light blue surgical mask.

There, regardless of the very early hour, hundreds line up in the transit. Together with London, a favorite European transit hub, being a no-go-zone for all, travelers reverted to Paris or Frankfurt because of their European transit stage.

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 evaluation is required but societal distances aren’t necessarily detected.

Curbside, it’s raining, dark, along with the taxi driver is inaudible, for there’s a thick plastic sheet separating him by the passengers.

It’s currently beyond 6 pm as well as the curfew was raised over Paris — that the highways are packaged.