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Need proof of pandemic stir-craziness? A Qantas Airlines flight scheduled to go nowhere sold out in 10 minutes. The Australian airline announced the flight in September, saying it would take 134 passengers out of Sydney on a 787 Dreamliner to go sightseeing around south Australia before landing again in Sydney. While flying as low as 4,000 feet, the planned Oct. 10 flight was scheduled to pass over the Great Barrier Reef as well as Uluru. Despite paying $575 for coach and $2,765 for business class, would-be travelers snapped up tickets. Internal border controls during the coronavirus outbreak have meant Australians have been unable to tour their country. Qantas Capt. David Summergreene told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. he was “super stoked” to fly after being grounded for three months.