CDC director criticizes American Airlines' decision to book middle seats: 'Substantial disappointment'

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United Airlines is adding almost 25,000 domestic and global flights in August, tripling the number it flew in June, while standing ready to shift plans if recent spikes in COVID-19 cases hurt demand, executives said on Wednesday. However, United Airlines never promised to leave seats empty, and American said last week that starting Wednesday it would drop its effort to keep half of all middle seats empty.

This change in American Airlines' policy also comes at an inopportune time, shall we say.

Redfield fielded questions from Sen. White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said today, for example, that while we're seeing more than 40,000 cases a day around the country right now, that number could very well surpass 100,000 a day soon. Bernie Sanders during a Senate health committee hearing.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the airline has "multiple layers of protection in place for those who fly with us, including required face coverings, enhanced cleaning procedures, and a pre-flight COVID-19 symptom checklist".

American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa., on March 31.

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Most major airlines are now operating flights at a capped maximum of passengers, to help ensure that passengers aren't crowded inside like sardines at a time when we're all supposed to be doing our best to socially distance from each other.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield is not happy with American Airlines' plan to fill airplanes to capacity during the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reports.

United has faced criticism from lawmakers for selling its planes to capacity, rather than blocking middle seats like peers such as Delta Air Lines.

David Koenig reported from Dallas.

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