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When Jun Jae-o, a pilot for South Korean low-cost carrier Air Seoul, announced that his plane was entering the skies above Japan’s Tottori Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast one recent Sunday morning, the cabin began to come alive.

While passengers positioned their cellphones to take photos of the land opening up below them, the 44-year-old pilot added that local officials were also welcoming them from ground level — social distancing taken to an extreme.

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