U.S. officials have said airlines should consider limiting the capacity of planes to promote social distancing, but are not planning to force airlines to do so.
Officials also recommended – but did not do so to require – that travelers wear face covers at airports and on planes. All major American airlines now require passengers to wear masks, but regulators have turned down a request from airlines to make this rule a federal rule.
The departments of transportation, homeland security and health and social services made these and other recommendations in a report with guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the new coronavirus by air.
The agencies said airlines and airports should take steps to increase social isolation, clean up surfaces affected by passengers, and ask passengers about their health to discourage people who may be sick from traveling.
The issue of limiting aircraft capacity became increasingly urgent this week when American Airlines joined United Airlines to try to fill each seat on each flight. The move has been criticized by the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Source: AP News