A flight attendant warned passengers that they would be sprayed with Lysol if they coughed or sneeze during a flight.
In a video shared by Instagram user Zion Setal via Barstool Sports, cellphone footage captured the moment the flight attendant addressed passengers aboard a departing flight from Florida to Connecticut.
While holding a can of Lysol Disinfectant Spray, the man jokingly cautions the people against spreading germs.
‘I’m telling you right now,’ the man said over the speakers,’ if I see you cough [or] sneeze I’m going to spray your ass.’
‘I’m not messing around,’ he added.
The flight attendant was met with laughter and chuckles from the group of passengers aboard the flight.
Setal told DailyMail.com that the flight attendant used humor to comfort passengers who were nervous about flying during the outbreak.
He said: ‘[The flight attendant] was making jokes the whole time and made everyone fell more comfortable about flying with this virus going around.’
The video comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the globe, causing an increase in infections and deaths.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has neared 500,000 and reached more than 21,000 deaths, according to officials at John Hopkins University.
In the United States, coronavirus cases have amassed to more than 83,000 and the number of deaths have topped 1,200 as of this week.
Wednesday became that deadliest day in the U.S. with more than 200 deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning Wednesday that coronavirus may come back in cycles as the death toll in the United States hit 1035, with 252 people dying in a single day.
Speaking at the White House daily briefing, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that Americans should be prepared for the outbreak to ‘become seasonal’.
His caution came as Donald Trump appeared to soften his desire to lift the lockdown across the county by Easter.
The president said he still wants to reopen within that timeframe but acknowledged not all states could meet his timeline.
Opening up the country at Easter rather than two weeks later could kill 450,000 more Americans, graphs published by The New York Times show.
Fauci told reporters: ‘Would this possibly become a seasonal, cyclic thing? I think it very well might.’
The Senate recently passed a 2.2trillion coronavirus bill in an unanimous vote. The bill will continue to the House for a vote and then needs Trump’s signature to release funding.
The package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home.
Most Americans making less than $75,000 as a single tax filer would receive a $1,200 direct payment under the bill.
The payments would go out by direct deposit for those who have recently paid taxes or received tax refunds that way, but for others physical checks will be sent.
The Trump administration previously issued a travel ban from European countries in response to the outbreak early last week. The ban includes 26 European countries.
Although U.S. airports were initially swamped with panicked travelers attempting to fly home at the start of the outbreak, they’ve since become virtually empty as fears intensify.
Anxious Americans are staying home for the foreseeable future amid fears that if they leave the country they will no longer be able to return.
Domestic travelers are also not taking any chances after Trump warned that a domestic travel ban could be in the cards, as the government takes increasingly extreme measures to try to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Trump said that a domestic travel ban was also a possibility if coronavirus gets ‘too hot’ in certain areas of the US.
During a meeting with press in the Oval Office on Thursday, the president said when asked about possibly restricting movement within the America: ‘We haven’t discussed that yet.’
‘Is it a possibility? Yes. If somebody gets a little bit out of control, if an area gets too hot,’ he said during the bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Empty airports and travel bans will do little to save the airline industry, which has taken a hammering from the coronavirus outbreak.
Firms have been forced to slash flights to keep the companies’ heads above water as planes are empty of passengers.
American Airlines and Delta Airlines both announced plans to cut more flights, while Southwest Airlines CEO told employees he would take a 10 per cent pay cut as the firm grapples with sagging passenger demand for flights.