A flight attendant on the El Al flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on March 17. (Sharon Pulwer for The Washington Post) Passengers at Ben Gurion Airport on March 18. (Sharon Pulwer for The Washington Post) For many photojournalists, long-haul flights are a routine part of the job. On March 17, Sharon Pulwer experienced far-from-routine sights when she flew from Newark Liberty International Airport to see her family in Tel Aviv, aboard El Al Israel Airlines. Both Newark and Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, usually busy international hubs, were quiet. Instead of rushed travelers, the few passengers there stood in pairs or alone. “Seeing with my own eyes the same sights in two airports that are almost 12 hours’ flight away from each other was surreal,” Pulwer said. El Al’s flight from Newark to Tel Aviv is regularly packed. But on the March 17 flight, most passengers had three seats to themselves and were able to keep more than six feet from each other while wearing masks and gloves. Some passengers seemed worried and shifted uncomfortably if anyone sneezed or coughed. Many discussed the news. Others tried to keep things light and joked

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