Ask the Captain: Do I have to quarantine if I have an overnight connection in Canada?

John Cox, Special to USA TODAY
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I have an overnight connection in Montréal en route to Martinique on Air Canada in November. Do I need a COVID-19 test? Will I have to quarantine?

– John Brockman, Middleville, Michigan

I strongly suggest you contact Air Canada and ask them about your specific scenario. Quebec has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in Canada, according to Canadian public health data, and Montréal, in particular, which is the largest city in the province, is on maximum alert. Normally, connections are exempt from quarantine rules, but your case could be different since it's overnight and you're likely to leave the airport.

As an airline pilot myself, why am I constantly asked if I fly the same route all the time? Even if that was common decades ago, how has that myth survived?

– MG, Palo Alto, California

Like so many myths, this one seems to have a life of its own. Passengers do not think about the complexities of scheduling crews and airplanes to meet the demands of passengers.

It is very hard to explain the intricacies of the monthly bidding process. A standing joke at my airline was that anyone could fly a trip, but you had to be smart to bid the right trip.

It is not likely that the myth of pilots flying only one or just a few routes will go away, With that in mind, we should try to better explain how our industry works and help passengers understand how complex it is.

John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ask the Captain: Do I have to quarantine with an overnight connection?