Critics not on board with Canadian airlines' decision to relax in-flight physical distancing during COVID-19
Quelle surprise! Airline industry trade groups, all of whom must have a phalanx of the best epidemiologists and infection control specialists on staff, are OK with cramming more sardines in the can.Relaxing physical distancing on flights contradicts guidance from the federal government but is in line with recommendations from the United Nations aviation agency and the trade organization for the world's major airlines, which called for an end to in-flight physical distancing rules in May.
But even worse is the bait-and-switch:
Antonio said she and her husband are going on a business trip they were supposed to take in March but chose to delay because of the pandemic. She said the main reason they felt comfortable booking the flight now was because WestJet said explicitly during the ticket-booking process that the middle seat would be empty.
"We took some comfort in this option," she said. "Seeing that me and my husband are from the same household, we thought, 'Oh that's great. We're going to have a row to ourselves.'"
Antonio said she was upset when she found out that the middle seat could be filled from a tweet sent by her friend, not from the airline.
"You're selling us something that you're not providing," she said.