American Airlines Gets Rid of Social Distancing Measures
Starting July 1, American Airlines will get rid of its recently introduced social distancing rules. The airline said it would start selling flights to capacity, abandoning caps on passenger loads that were put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
American will continue to notify passengers when they’re booked on a crowded flight. It will also let those who are concerned about social distancing change their reservations at no cost, the airline said in a statement Friday.
Starting June 30, American also will ask customers to certify they have been free of Covid-19 symptoms for at least 14 days.
In April, American Airlines began holding open half of middle seats in economy class when possible. “That was before we had extensive cleaning initiatives, face mask requirements and an extension of waivers for customers,” said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the airline.
Empty seats make it difficult for airlines to make flights profitable. It is likely that there’s a higher risk of spreading infections when more people are crammed together in a plane. But it is also impossible to keep passengers 6 feet apart even with some of the social distancing efforts airlines have made.