American Back To Packing Planes

Marco Green
July 1, 2020

"Obviously that is something that is of concern". Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel.

During a Tuesday congressional hearing, Redfield said he was disappointed with the airline's decision to pack planes with more passengers, while other carriers are still limiting capacity by keeping middle seats open.

American Airlines has announced it will run its flights at full capacity starting July 1.

Delta, however, has said it will cap flights at until at least the September 30, blocking middle seats in economy and every other seat in first class.

"I can tell you that when they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment with American Airlines", Dr. Redfield said.

"We don't think it's the right message", Redfield said.

American plans to increase flights by almost 60 per cent starting July 7 compared with June, which could help avoid full planes.

Passengers have been offered travel vouchers worth more than their original tickets in exchange for switching to less crowded flights, Fortune reports. 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.

Among other large USA 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. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

COVID-19 cases more than doubled in June in at least 10 US states, including Texas and Florida, a Reuters tally showed. Those measures include mandatory masks, newly implemented cleaning and disinfection procedures, and requiring passengers to complete a health self-assessment before flights.

The airline originally shut down flights between China and the February due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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