Seeing mass layoffs at other airlines, even grounded pilots who are still employed have taken up side hustles in preparation for the worst-case scenario. Simon, a pilot in Hong Kong, works on his personal passion of photography in his free time. “Before COVID happened the longest I’d ever been in Hong Kong was three weeks without leaving,” he said. Many pilots are choosing to set up their own businesses instead of convincing a potential employer of their worth. Photo: Emma RussellIn Hong Kong, which confirmed its first case of the coronavirus shortly after mainland China did, pilots were impacted even earlier.