‘Substantial Disappointment’: CDC Director Reacts To American Airlines Decision To Fly At Full Capacity

‘Substantial Disappointment’: CDC Director Reacts To American Airlines Decision To Fly At Full Capacity


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield expressed disapproval of American Airlines’ intention to move to full-capacity flights on July 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reportedly questioned Redfield Tuesday at a Senate Health Committee hearing about the company’s policy.

“I can tell you that when they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment with American Airlines,” Redfield said, as reported by The Hill. “A number of the airlines had decided to keep the middle seat [open].”

Sanders reportedly concurred, saying, “I just hope very much that the CDC or the appropriate agency basically tells these companies that that is unacceptable behavior. They’re endangering the lives of the American people.”

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted Monday that American Airlines was “recklessly endangering” lives in response to the airline’s Friday policy announcement.

American Airlines is recklessly endangering millions of lives just to make a profit. They should fully refund passengers who don’t feel safe flying with the airline—just like @EdMarkey and I urged them to do three months ago. https://t.co/A1WTyANgN2

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 29, 2020

Airlines For America CEO Nicholas E. Calio

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