Shocking photos show flights still full of passengers with almost no one wearing masks

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Images have appeared online showing planes full of passengers despite states advising people to stay home and socialize.

Airlines also do not insist that their customers wear masks, which means that many passengers have decided to forgo any kind of face cover on board.

As for the crew, most flight attendants now appear to wear masks as a precaution despite initial reluctance on the part of airlines to allow it in the early days of the virus. However, wearing a mask is not universal among staff.

On a flight between Miami and New York, less than 50% of passengers wore masks

On a flight between Miami and New York, less than 50% of passengers wore masks

American Airlines flight attendants were told they are allowed to wear masks and gloves

American Airlines flight attendants were told they are allowed to wear masks and gloves

A passenger from Miami told the New York Post that on his American Airlines flight to Mexico City earlier this month, about 80% of people were not wearing masks.

Pedro Souss, 49, who was traveling from Miami to Mexico City on April 16, calculated that about 80% of the passengers were not wearing masks.

In addition, his flight ended up being extremely congested after the airline canceled a previous flight and eventually merged the two groups of passengers.

It was directly the opposite of what had been promised by the CEO of American Airlines in an email which stated that the company would impose social distancing on their flights.

The degree of protection for passengers varied, with some wearing face masks and gloves, while one person decided to wear a full suit of hazardous materials.

The level of passenger protection varied, with some wearing face masks and gloves, while one person decided to wear a full suit of hazardous materials.

Although many passengers wear masks, it is not mandatory for people to do so.

Although many passengers wear masks, it is not mandatory for people to do so.

“Apparently, another flight was planned for Mexico City from another door and they decided to cancel this flight and huddle everyone in one flight,” said Souss.

Souss said he disagreed that the CEO of American Airlines sent an email saying that the company would impose social distancing on their flights.

Another Twitter user also called American Airlines personnel on a flight from Texas to Florida after having the passengers sit next to each other, but kept the front seats of the cabin empty, in order to keep passengers seated away from them.

Angie Wong, 42, told the Post that on a flight from Miami to New York LaGuardia, half of the passengers were not wearing masks on an almost full flight.

“I could say that the passengers were very nervous that the masks were not mandatory,” she said.

CDC guidelines recommend social distance and masks normally however there are no guidelines in place for thefts

CDC guidelines recommend social distance and masks normally however there are no guidelines in place for thefts

American Airlines passenger planes crowd a runway where they are parked due to flight reductions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease at Tulsa Oklahoma Airport

American Airlines passenger planes crowd on a runway where they are parked due to flight reductions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease at Tulsa Oklahoma Airport

Wong was surprised that the social distancing rules that had been applied in the two cities of New York and Miami no longer apply once on the plane.

When she asked the airline, they replied curtly, “There is nothing we can do about it. “

“If American Airlines sells 150 seats, they will take 150 seats – that’s a bargain,” a representative at the gate told him.

While only 50% wore masks, some people went further and wore full swimsuits.

“Even the pilot came in mid-flight to apologize for the cramped conditions. Unlike Canada, masks were not required to fly. No temperature control.

With so few trips, many planes were parked on the tarmac until the end of the crisis

With so few trips, many planes were parked on the tarmac until the crisis ended

“Although I asked to sit in an empty part of the plane – and I was told the airline couldn’t accommodate – I didn’t realize how crowded the flight was until ‘when I boarded. “

Despite the uncomfortable nature of the images, there are no specific guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control that would require passengers to wear masks although the CDC website recommends social distance which it says does not congregate in groups and stay six feet from each other.

Some airlines, including United and Delta, have said they plan to adjust their seat policies and block the middle seats, if possible until the end of May.

In a statement to DailyMail.com, American Airlines explained the precautions taken during the current health care crisis.

“The safety of our customers and our team members remains our top priority. We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials and will continue to coordinate with them all necessary health and safety measures. In response to our employees’ concerns about COVID-19, we have extended our cleaning procedures to ensure that high contact areas are cleaned more frequently and have introduced procedures to ensure that employees maintain an appropriate distance from others and follow all CDC recommendations for personal hygiene.

“We allow all employees to wear gloves or masks if they wish, and in the wake of the recently updated CDC guidelines, we are working to provide masks to all front line employees as quickly as we can obtain supplies without taking any action that would deprive them of these necessary supplies from first responders and health care providers.

Last month, in response to CDC’s social distancing guidelines, American began temporarily easing seating policies for customers on our flights and reducing service levels on board food and beverages. To encourage social distancing, door officers will reassign seats to create more space between customers. Once on board – provided there are no restrictions on the weight or balance of the aircraft – customers can move to another seat in their cabin with ticket subject to availability. Our team also monitors thefts closely to maintain social distance. “

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