"If I Die, I Die" - Students "Risk It All" For 'Dream Trips' As Colleges Close Across America

Millennial students think they're invincible against Covid-19 as the virus mysteriously targets the elderly.

Brave young people are taking advantage of cheap flights across the country, traveling to places for deep discounts, a move they thought was never possible until the virus crisis canceled schools and crashed the airline industry.

Roundtrip airfare for New York (all airports) to Seattle is $217 for a non-stop ticket on March 11. What a steal! Want to hit up Miami Beach, Florida, this weekend, well, it'll only cost $73 roundtrip. Or what about NYC to San Francisco? Well, it'll only cost a cool $180 for the roundtrip. These prices are ridiculously low and are perfectly explainable: no one (mainly baby boomers) in their right minds are stepping onto a plane as the virus nears pandemic status unless you are a batsh*t crazy college student armed with a credit card and no f*ckings given about the real world. 

Ashley Henkel, 20, told NBC News that cheap flights across North America have allowed her to fulfill her dream of traveling across the country. When asked about Covid-19, she responded, "Whatever."

Like many millennials, we've heard it all, "it's just the flu, bro." Well, is it, are you sure? Not according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who said on Wednesday the virus is ten times more deadly than the flu and could infect millions.

We've noted that airports across the world have transformed into ghost towns as hundreds of thousands of flights have been canceled. It was reported that global airline traffic has collapsed to its worst year on record, even worse than the 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis. "It's unprecedented," said Jefferies analyst Sheila Kahyaoglu.

"I feel like if the coronavirus would get even more serious and like wipe out a large amount of people, I might as well be somewhere having fun," Henkel told NBC.

Henkel said she started noticing price alerts a month ago of declining airfare and had to act, mainly because ticket prices last summer were so expensive during peak travel. While people are in quarantine, she said she'll be out enjoying life and visiting places. There is "no fun in staying at home and being all worried," she said (obviously, she hasn't seen any Wuhan, China videos). 

Some young people are "risking it all" and are posting their low-cost travel experience in the virus crisis on social media: 

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Jack Mulligan told NBC that coronavirus wasn't going to stop him from traveling.

"I think the coronavirus is clearly something people need to be wary of, but I don't plan on putting my life on hold because something is going around," Mulligan said. He had planned a trip next month to the Dominican Republic, saving hundreds of dollars on flights. 

Capri Nicole, 27, told NBC that plunging costs for flights allowed her to get a roundtrip ticket to see her grandmother. "There's sicknesses everywhere," Nicole said. "I could get a disease today unrelated from the virus."

Nicole said she wasn't worried about getting the virus: "If I die, I die. I miss my family."

Who would've ever thought college students would respond so well to cheap airfare and risk their lives in a virus crisis to fulfill dream trips? Do schools still teach risk management?