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US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel

In this Monday, April 27, 2020, photo provided by Vince Warburton, passengers get off an American Airlines flight airplane after they landed at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: AP/ Vince Warburton. In this Monday, April 27, 2020, photo provided by Vince Warburton, passengers get off an American Airlines flight airplane after they landed at Los Angeles International Airport.

Associated Press
Updated: July 02, 2020 04:22 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 04:18 PM

Federal officials said Thursday that airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but stopped short of requiring them to do so.

The officials also recommended — but did not move to require — travelers wear face coverings in airports and on planes. All leading U.S. airlines now require passengers to wear masks, but regulators have refused a request by the airlines to make it a federal rule.

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The Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services departments made those and other recommendations in a report containing guidelines for reducing the risk of spreading the new coronavirus by air travel.

The agencies said airlines and airports should take steps to increase social distancing, clean surfaces touched by passengers, give specialized training to airline crews, and provide more information to help with contact tracing if passengers test positive for the virus.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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