Airlines were Asked by CDC to Block Middle Seats, but Major Companies Are Not Complying

Delta Airlines Aircraft. Source: Unsplash by Miguel Angel Sanz
Delta Airlines Aircraft. Source: Unsplash by Miguel Angel Sanz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has caused a polemic in the travel industry after Wednesday’s report. The CDC proposed to airlines to block middle seats to stop the transmission of Covid-19. However, the travel industry doesn’t seem like it will comply with the obligations. 

The study published by CDC suggests that Covid-19 could spread at a higher rate if middle seats are not blocked in flyers. Meanwhile, if blocked, it could reduce exposure to the virus by 57%. 

Nonetheless, airlines such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Southwest airlines might have a different point of view about it.

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In an interview with Insider, a spokesperson for Airlines for America said: “Multiple scientific studies confirm that the layers of protection significantly reduce risk. And research continues to demonstrate that the risk of transmission onboard aircraft is very low”? 

The trade argued that data from the International Air Transport Association suggests that transmission rates among passengers are low, citing the Department of Defense and Harvard studies.