TONIGHT AT 11: I speak to Erin Strine who shared this video of her nearly full flight from JFK to CLT. I'm asking American Airlines how they are keeping passengers safe when a flight is too full for social distancing @WBTV_News #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/T2ugpboaud
— Caroline Hicks WBTV (@CarolineHicksTV) April 27, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Air travel during the coronavirus pandemic is hitting record lows.
American Airlines suspended more than 60 percent of its capacity in April as compared to the same period in 2019. The air carrier is planning to suspend 80 percent of its capacity in May.
However, one passenger is concerned the limited flight options are causing full flights in some cases, and do not allow for social distancing.
After more than a month of self-quarantine in Brooklyn, Erin Strine flew to her hometown of Chapel Hill on Saturday.
“My grandmother passed away recently so I felt it was important to be here with my family,” Strine said.
Strine did not expect the experience she had on American Airlines Flight 388 from JFK Airport in New York City to Charlotte.
“I just started to panic,” she said.