American Airlines trying to adjust as CDC urges against Thanksgiving travel

Posted at 7:06 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 00:42:48-05

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, the CDC's new warning about holiday travel comes at a terrible time for the already reeling US airline industry.

Domestic carriers, like American Airlines, have scrambled to adjust to coronavirus, investing countless dollars in new safety protocols.

American Airlines says the entire flying experience can now be done virtually touchless. Masks are mandatory.

While they won't disclose how many problem passengers they've had, American Airlines maintains an internal "No Fly" list for customers who disrupt flights, including passengers who refuse to wear a mask.

On the plane, long-lasting, virus killing electrostatic fogging is done every seven days. High touch areas on the plane are wiped down by cleaning crews between each flight. Passengers are also offered hand sanitizer.

As for air quality, American Airlines maintenance manager Mark Ford says, "it's better than most office buildings."

Fresh air is drawn in through the engines and run through HEPA filters.

All of the air on the aircraft is changed out every three to five minutes.

Unlike some travel articles have suggested, Ford says there are no safer or less safe seats on the plane when it comes to air quality.