The cardiologist from San Francisco says he will not “fly for a very long time” after Saturday, may 9, he was in a full plane, although United Airlines claimed that the middle seat will be empty to ensure social distancing. This writes Fox News.
Dr. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist and associate Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, posted on Twitter a photo of the completed plane, which took off from Newark (new Jersey) to San Francisco (CA).
“I guess that United have weakened a policy of social distancing? Every place on this 737 taken”, — he wrote.
Weiss also said that on 30 April he was sent an email from the airline, in which it was alleged that United Airlines “will automatically block the middle seat to give enough room on Board.”
Weiss added that his companions were also “scared and shocked”, apparently for the same reason, which Weiss expressed concerns.
Weiss and United Airlines confirmed that he was part of a group of 25 physicians and nurses who arrived in new York over the past few weeks to become volunteers. United Airlines brought a group to new York and back for free. Weiss even said that the airline received “a lot of good PR” after the first such flight in April, “including me.”
However, as for the return flight, Weiss was puzzled by the fact that United has not fulfilled its promises about blocking middle seats.
In a statement, United Airlines repeated the Protocol cleaning of aircraft and security, but has not commented on the current policy in respect of secondary places.
“We have reviewed our cleaning procedures and safety and implemented a new process for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, to maintain social distance, — United wrote in a statement. Our flight to San Francisco was another 25 healthcare workers who were flying for free, we provided free flights for more than 1,000 doctors and nurses only in the last few weeks — and all passengers and employees were asked to wear face masks in accordance with our new policy.”
Meanwhile, in the recommendations posted on their web site of United Airlines, stated that “customers will not be able to choose seats next to each other or the middle place”, but this is not guaranteed: United States that this policy is just “probable” on the basis of low demand for the flights.
“We expect that these measures will be in effect until may 31, and will continue to assess how best to act given the current situation,” reads the website of the airline.
United Airlines is one of the many United States airline that prohibits passengers to book the middle seat on the flight, although social networks are widespread allegations that the airlines are ignoring this policy.