Are charter flights here to stay? Answers from Phil Keoghan
Charter flights have eliminated the drama at the airport, which many fans love. However, they are now included in Fantastic race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Are they here to stay? Host Phil Keoghan weighed in.
Phil Keoghan responds if charter flights will stay in ‘The Amazing Race’
Aside from watching their favorite teams go head-to-head in detours or trying to battle it out in taxis, they enjoyed the battles that took place at airports when players tried to get an early flight or how delays have affected the classification before the next stage.
However, due to COVID-19 mandates, the show opted to use charters or private jets to avoid congested airports.
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As Season 34 airs, one fan admitted he missed watching the teams having to book their flights, calling it their favorite part of the episodes. However, charter flights have eliminated this.
Host Phil Keoghan replied to the viewer on Twitter, promising the airport drama would return once “COVID return to work protocols” are lifted. He also pointed out that charter flights allow the show to air on television. “Let’s stay focused on what’s good in the world,” he added.
Keoghan shared behind-the-scenes footage from the charter flight
After the premiere aired, the official social media accounts for Fantastic race released a two-minute clip of the New Zealand-born host showing behind-the-scenes footage from the first leg.
It started with him at the start of the charter explaining that they landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to refuel for the next six-hour plane ride to Europe.
He then showed the cast and crew gathered in their seats, noting “it’s a lot of people”, before focusing on someone taking a nap behind a mask.
When they arrived in Germany, Keoghan shared the huge amount of equipment luggage and noted that the cast was further in the terminal, probably trying to figure out where they had just landed. The host then took viewers to Nymphenburg Castle, where the teams would start the first leg of the race. It ended with behind-the-scenes footage of the crew testing out the icebreaker challenge.
Charter flights were introduced to ‘The Amazing Race’ due to COVID-19
In February 2020, Fantastic race Season 33 kicked off with 11 new teams racing around the world. However, the COVID-19 pandemic halted production after three stages were completed.
Due to travel uncertainty, it did not resume until a year and a half later, in September 2021. The show decided to use charter flights, change the remaining legs so that teams travel in countries with lower COVID rates. , redesigned challenges to incorporate social distancing and require contestants to drive themselves or use approved transportation.
Due to the long hiatus, four teams were unable to resume racing, including childhood friends Anthony Sadler (work) and Spencer Stone, married couple Connie and Sam Greiner (expecting a child), couple Caro Viehweg (travel restrictions) and Ray Gantt and YouTube sensations Taylor and Isaiah Green-Jones (mourning).
Consequently, the show brought back two previously eliminated teams; police officers Michael Norwood and Moe Badger and married couple Arun and Natalia Kumar. Fantastic race Season 34 airs Wednesdays on CBS.
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