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Fauci, CDC chief raise concerns about full airline flights

 American Airlines will offer a daily nonstop flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) to Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) year-round starting Sept. 4, 2019. (MGN)
American Airlines will offer a daily nonstop flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) to Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) year-round starting Sept. 4, 2019. (MGN) (KOTA)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 7:29 PM EDT
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Top federal health officials are criticizing American Airlines for planning to fill flights and leave no seats empty during the virus pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that packing people close together is even more problematic within the confines of an airplane.

American said last week it will end its practice of trying to leave half of all middle seats empty.

CDC director Robert Redfield says American's announcement sends the wrong message to the public.

Texas-based American is joining United in trying to fill planes to 100%.

Airlines are desperate to increase revenue as they try to survive a plunge in air travel due to the virus.

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Texas-based American is joining United in trying to fill planes to 100%. 

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