He followed on Friday: “Many people yesterday responded to my tweet about the irresponsible sale of middle seats in airplanes and said: ̵
“I’m going to introduce a bill to ban the sale of middle seats through this pandemic, and I’ll work with colleagues to include them in a package of airline accountability reforms they’re working out,” he tweeted.
American Airlines said in a statement on Friday: “We are steadfastly committed to the safety and well-being of our customers and team members. We have several layers of protection for those who fly with us, including the required facial cleaning procedures and a COVID-19- Pre-flight symptom checklist – and we offer customers additional flexibility to change their travel plans. “
It added, “We know that our customers trust us to make every aspect of their trip safe, and we are committed to doing just that.”
Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines, Jet Blue and Southwest Airlines said they would continue to restrict seating to allow some social detachment.
United Airlines said Wednesday that it does not believe that leaving the middle seats alone will protect passengers from the corona virus.
“When it comes to blocking medium-sized seats, it’s a PR strategy, not a security strategy,” Josh Earnest, the airline’s top spokesman, told reporters.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this week that “American Airlines was significantly disappointed” when the airline announced it would stop restricting seat sales.
At a Senate committee hearing on Covid-19 on Tuesday, Redfield said aircraft and mass transport security was a “critical area”.
“I can tell you that there was obviously a significant disappointment in American Airlines’ announcement of the other day,” said Redfield. “I can say that we are currently being critically examined at CDC. We do not believe that this is the right message.”
CNN Health’s Amanda Watts, Pete Muntean, Holly Yan, Melissa Mahtani, Harmeet Kaur and Scottie Andrew contributed to this report.