Fauci, CDC chief raise concerns about full airline flights

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

"Obviously, that's something that is of concern", Dr. Fauci said. The airline says that it has capped the number of customers of each flight to 85 percent capacity.

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

Also addressing the panel, top USA infectious diseases official Anthony Fauci called American's decision "of concern".

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.

Redfield fielded questions from Sen. "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?"

"I would think given the circumstances and spiking right now, it would be wise to separate", AA flier Amanda Goodwin told NewsChannel 5. The company said Friday it would inform passengers of the change and allow them to move to a more open flight, at no extra charge, if their flight is full.

People are making summer and even fall travel plans now, and especially if you're flying there are even more choices than ever to consider. Additionally, if passengers board a flight that's not completely full, they'll be allowed to move another seat within their ticketed cabin. Masks will continue to be required for passengers and American Airlines crews.

"It's less about social distancing and it's more about the air and quality of air on board the airplane that makes people safe", said United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, who added he had not seen the health officials' comments.

Many airline flights were almost empty in the early weeks of the outbreak, with the average dipping to about 10 passengers, according to industry figures.

United Airlines will resume services to China with scheduled flights between San Francisco and Shanghai starting July 8, according to the United Airlines China office on Tuesday. Delta, for example, is operating thus for the time being: By capping first-class cabins at 50% capacity and only selling a maximum of 60% of its main cabin seats. Budget carrier Spirit Airlines does not.

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