American Airlines cuts flight attendant training after two COVID-19 instructor contract

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American Airlines cut its flight attendant training this week after two instructors tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline will continue to offer some mandatory courses, an airline spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday.

American Airlines’ full training program is expected to resume after Nov. 3, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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“The safety and well-being of our team members is our constant goal, always and most importantly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” American Airlines said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we recently had two team members from our training and conference center who tested positive.”

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“To be on the safe side, we have reduced the training of flight attendants and will not provide the necessary training operationally until next week,” the airline added. “In these cases, the courses will be led by trainers who have not recently been to the Training and Conference Center.”

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American Airlines has said it requires employees to check the temperature, wear masks indoors and socially move away from classrooms.

“We also performed several cycles of electrostatic spraying using a hospital grade disinfectant,” the airline said.

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Two American Airlines instructors contracted the coronavirus, which led the airline to cut back on flight attendant training. (iStock)

According to the Dallas Morning News, flight attendants are required to complete Federal Aviation Administration training each year. American Airlines conducts this training at its training and conference center.

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American Airlines laid off 19,000 employees in early October. According to a previous report, of those 19,000 employees, approximately 8,100 were flight attendants and approximately 1,600 were pilots.

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