May 20, 2022 05:02PM - edited May 20, 2022 05:07PM by chisandy
We could cancel the return flight (for a credit from Porter) and rent a car, drive to the border crossing at Windsor (same length of drive from Toronto as Buffalo) and then fly home from Detroit. Detroit-Chi is a much shorter flight (about an hour) than from Buffalo.We've flown out of Detroit as the last leg of travel from our 2015 Mediterranean cruise (Barcelona to Amsterdam to Detroit to Chicago) on Delta. I asked Bob and he said to roll the dice on testing at Billy Bishop the day we are to fly home (or even that Sunday in downtown Toronto); I asked what if we test positive, and he said there are worse things than being holed up for 5 days in a luxury hotel getting room service (especially from their 4-diamond Chinese restaurant), watching TV and reading--which for him is an ideal vacation, like the one we took to a condo in the Berkshires. Having had COVID in January and staying home for 5 days made him less afraid to have to adjust his work schedule.
The only fly in the ointment with the drive-cross border-fly home domestically plan would be if to pacify the GQPers, Biden imposed a testing requirement at our southern border--in which case the requirement would be extended to ALL overland and water ports of entry.
We and the kids will rapid-test next Thurs. (they leave for Spain the same day we leave for Toronto, but from different airports). They were turned down for second boosters because of their age and the fact that it's been less than 5 months since their first boosters. I think that's unfair: he has asthma and she is obese, so they're both vulnerable to more serious infection (and also too young to qualify for antivirals). There is still the possibility that if they test positive before flying home from Madrid, they'd be stuck in Spain for a week. She speaks Spanish (grew up in Texas) but his only foreign language is French.