Travel Smart – Some Airlines Booking Full Flights, Others Are Leaving Space

No more empty middle seat. 

By Marilyn Nelson on July 1, 2020
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As the demand for flying continues to rise, American Airlines has made the decision to take the limit off of its flights. United and Spirit say they are also going back to full flights. 

“A representative for American confirms with PEOPLE that the airline plans to allow full capacity on its flight starting July 1, after having it capped at 85 percent since April.”

Health experts, including Dr. Fauci aren’t thrilled with the idea as COVID-19 surges across the country.

“I’m not sure what went into that decision making,” the White House Coronavirus Task Force immunologist told a Senate panel. “I think in the confines of an airplane that becomes even more problematic.”

Representatives for American and United insure other safety measures are being enforced, like mask-wearing, enhanced cleaning and air-filtration systems. As of last week passengers who refuse to wear masks during flights will be banned.

Meanwhile, Southwest, Delta and Alaska Airlines are extending their limited seating. Both Delta and Southwest plan to extend seating limitations through at least Sept. 30. Alaska Airlines is doing the same through July 31.

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