MID-AIR chaos erupted on a flight to the Canary Islands when furious passengers rowed because of social distancing in the first case of aerial rabies from the coronavirus.
Exasperated travelers were filmed arguing with a flight attendant, demanding to know why the airline had not sat people two meters apart according to government directives.
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Passenger Efrén Hernández tweeted on board the flight on Sunday: “Where is the Iberia safety distance?” The plane is almost completely full and there is not even a separation seat between the passengers. Too bad. “
In the video, other passengers are seen standing in their seats arguing with a masked flight attendant trying to appease the revolting crowd.
Iberia Express IB3838 was en route to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from Madrid and was one of the few flights operating between the Canary Islands.
Flights are allowed to operate provided they meet a 50% occupancy limit.
Where is the Iberia safety distance? The plane is almost completely full and there is not even a separation seat between the passengers.
Passenger, Efrén Hernández
Another passenger tweeted, “What is that? How can this be allowed? Are we mad? Where is the Iberia safety distance? “
Images of several people on the flight telling the crew that they feel “uncomfortable” at the distance between the people.
Three men gesture angrily at a male flight attendant while other passengers, some standing in the aisles, watch.
Many took their cell phones to record the incident, saying that the plane was “almost full” and that some rows did not have separation seats.
In the video, all passengers are seen wearing masks.
Iberia Express has since refuted these allegations.
The company responded to one of the passengers on Twitter by saying, “Hello, we’re sorry to read your message. However, we want to assure you that we comply with all security provisions.
“We have reinforced the daily cleaning and disinfection of the cabin and all its components and our fleet has an air system and HEPA filters which are 99.9% effective against viruses and bacteria. “
Airlines were urged to respect distances and to “ensure appropriate security between passengers”.
Ana Oramas of Canary Coalition and a congressman said she would ask Madrid to intervene, saying that what had happened was “unacceptable”.
The Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Canary Government, Sebastián Franquis, said that the airlines had to comply with the rules on safety distances and expressed his “enormous concern at these violations”.
The Canary Islands have so far managed to keep infections low with 149 deaths.
Today, they have entered the first phase of the de-escalation plan of the Spanish government which allows to travel between the islands and the opening of hotels, as well as the terraces at 50% of the capacity of bars and restaurants.
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Last week, an Aer Lingus passenger shared a shocking photo of his crowded flight with “95% of all seats occupied.”
The flight from Belfast to London Heathrow had “no social distancing”, despite strict government directives.
Flyer Sean Mallon told BBC Radio Ulster: “I would say there were around 95% of the seats occupied on the flight.”
Airlines worldwide are forced to stop the majority of their flights due to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus.
When people take to the skies again, it will probably be a very different experience, with more expensive tickets, slower boarding and even mandatory masks.
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