Chrissy Teigen said nothing in a tweet that American Airlines was lambasted, saying the company “only cares about money and doesn’t care whether you get sick and die.”
The model and cookbook author’s vitriolic tweet came in response to one from Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Who released a snapshot of a packed American Airlines flight on Thursday.
“How many Americans will die because you fill the middle seats?”
Merkley and Teigen’s criticism coincided with that of the director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virologist Dr. Robert Redfield and the member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci agreed that both concerns regarding flights during the coronavirus pandemic were raised this week at a Senate hearing.
In particular, the couple has struck announcements from American Airlines and United Airlines in the past two weeks that they will lift a ban on booking middle seats. Redfield called the decision a “major disappointment.”
“We don’t think it’s the right message,” he said.
Fauci said, “Obviously this is something to worry about,” adding that he “would hope there is something that can be mitigated.”
American Airlines, which had limited its capacity to 85% in April, announced that it would raise the cap on July 1. “We are committed to the safety and well-being of our customers and team members,” the airline told HuffPost.
“We have multiple layers of protection for those flying with us, including the required facial coverage, improved cleaning procedures, and a pre-flight COVID-19 symptom checklist – and offer our customers additional flexibility to change their travel plans, too. We know that our customers trust us to make every aspect of their trip safe and we are committed to doing just that, ”the airline said in an email.
The CDC guidelines for Americans considering travel say that “viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights due to air circulation and filtering in airplanes,” added, “Social distance is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. “
“This can increase your risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC said on its website.
As of Friday, the number of coronavirus cases confirmed daily exceeded 50,000 nationwide. The percentage of positive tests for the virus rose in a whopping 36 countries. The number of confirmed cases is higher than previous peak values in April and May.
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