CDC Director Disappointed American Airlines Will Pack Planes

In a statement obtained by Fox News a spokesperson for American Airlines said “Since April we have capped the number of customers on each aircraft – both mainline and regional aircraft – to 85 percent of capacity

Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel. "I think in the confines of an airplane that becomes even more problematic". The airline says that it has capped the number of customers of each flight to 85 percent capacity. In late March, American Airlines said it would limit the number of passengers on aircrafts, not assigning half of main cabin middle seats on every flight.

"When they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment", said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As more people continue to travel, customers may notice that flights are booked to capacity starting July 1. He said American was sending the wrong message to the public. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, pressed the officials on how full flights square with the message from public health experts that people should stay six feet apart to prevent transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

As a precaution against the coronavirus, American Airlines is taking steps to maintain social distancing on its flights.

Among other large US carriers, Delta Air Lines DAL.N and Southwest Airlines LUV.N are limiting the number of seats sold on their flights through at least September. Those who are not nostalgic for the pre-COVID travel norms can move to less crowded flights if they are available and don't cost more.


"I just hope very much that the CDC or the appropriate agency basically tells these companies that this is unacceptable behavior", Sanders added.

Flying some time after COVID-19? Budget carrier Spirit Airlines does not.

USA airlines recently stepped up enforcement of mask wearing on flights. Those measures include mandatory masks, newly implemented cleaning and disinfection procedures, and requiring passengers to complete a health self-assessment before flights.

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