The country’s most infectious disease specialists hit Tuesday on airline companies planning a full flight as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country.
Some US airlines have stated that they limit the capacity of the aircraft to between 60 and 67 percent.
However, United Airlines did not promise to leave the seats empty, and the American announced last week that it would abandon such measures and start filling its flights to the brim that began on Wednesday as companies try to increase their income.
“Obviously, this is an alarming thing. I’m not sure what’s going into this decision making process. ”National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel.
“I think it’s on the edge of an airplane that has become even more problematic,” he added.
USA Disease Control and Prevention Centers Director Dr. Robert Redfield joined Fauci to express “great disappointment” in the company’s decision.
“I can say that this is under critical review by us at the CDC. We don’t think this is the right message, ”Redfield added.
Heads of United and American airlines argued that it is impossible to maintain social distance on an airplane even when the middle seats are empty, and other security measures such as masking, advanced cleaning and air filtration systems.
“About the quality of air and air on the plane, which keeps less and more people safe from a social distance,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said. Said.
American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said that the company “has more than one layer of protection for those who fly with us, including the necessary facial coatings, advanced cleaning procedures and the pre-flight COVID-19 symptom checklist.”
Feinstein added that American flyers have the option to change flights when they feel their flights are too full.
After multiple reports reporting that the airlines did not perform their own mask missions, United, American and Delta announced that they would ban passengers who refused to close their nose and mouth until last week.
The policies attempted to compensate for major financial losses due to the epidemic of the airlines, bringing a 95 percent drop in passengers in April.
Passengers began to fly slowly again, but travel is 75 percent lower than usual.
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