Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed American Airlines on Tuesday for its decision to stop blocking middle seats and limiting capacity on its flights.
American announced the change last week. Other airlines, including United and Spirit, sell every seat on board, while Delta said it would continue limiting capacity on planes through at least September.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield also criticized the airline’s decision, characterizing full airplanes and buses as something to avoid during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed American Airlines on Tuesday for selling middle seats on flights, effectively abandoning the premise of social distancing on planes during the pandemic.
During a hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Sanders criticized the airline, asking National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Robert Redfield whether packed planes or buses were an inherent safety risk.
“You’re going to have people going from New York to California, five or six hours, sitting inches apart from each other,” Sanders said. “Why hasn’t the government, whether it’s the CDC or the Department of Transportation, issued guidelines, prohibiting those violations of what we all know to be common sense?”
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Redfield agreed that full planes were not ideal.
“Obviously, that’s something that is of concern,” Dr. Fauci said. “Avoiding crowds, staying distant, and when in a situation like that, wear a mask — I think in the confines of an airplane, that becomes even more problematic.”
“I can tell you that when they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment with American Airlines,” Dr. Redfield said.
“I just hope very much that the CDC or the appropriate agency basically tells these companies that this is unacceptable behavior,” Sanders added. “They’re …read more
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