Airlines begin to loosen social distancing rules

American Airlines and United will loosen social distancing onboard as thousands of people plan to fly for the 4th of July holiday.
3:24 | 06/29/20

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So this morning we hope to give you some answers, especially because even though air travel is still down dramatically, this week we could see a bump. This morning, as more passengers are heading to the skies, Atlanta's airport predicting twice as many passengers to fly this Thursday at the beginning of the fourth of July weekend than it has seen over the past few weeks. This as ABC news learns that all major U.S. Airlines will now require passengers to answer a series of health questions when they check into flights asking among other things if you've had a temperature, coughing, shortness of breath or had contact with someone who had covid symptoms in the past two weeks. And now two of America's biggest airlines are loosening social distancing restrictions. American and united telling ABC news that all seats including middle ones are up for sale. Something united has already been doing, American will open up those seats Wednesday. Delta maintaining their middle seats are still off-limits at least until the end of September. The airline sharing this video of how it's disinfecting planes before every flight. And what about the air? The air on our aircraft is very clean. It is hospital surgical room level clean. Surgical room. Surgical room. Reporter: Air flows down and a Hepa filter eliminating 99.99% of airborne particles including viruses every two to three minutes but there's a caveat. Those seated directly around someone infected could still be at risk which is why masks are so important, all major carriers require them. So is it safe to fly? It's a risk like anything. I think there's a couple things you have to ask yourself. One, is it necessary? Do you really need to take that trip? Do you have personal risk factors that would put you at greater risk for covid-19? Reporter: And we should tell you TSA is allowing you to bring larger bottles of hand sanitizer through security, up to 12 ounces. It will take longer to get checked but you will get Michael. Thank you so much, gio. Dr. Jennifer Ashton joins us now and, doc, we trust your assessment so from your assessment, how safe do you think it is to fly during this Oh, boy, Michael. You have to give me the hard questions right out of the gate on Monday morning. Listen, there's no such thing as zero risk. That was the case even before the covid pandemic. Flying is safer than people think because of all the reasons gio mentioned but comes down to weighing risk versus benefit and that's an individual decision. If you do choose to fly what is the best way to limit your exposure to coronavirus? There are some basic tip, Michael. So if you take a look at this list. Firstly, wash your hands and don't touch your face. The other thing that's good is as gio said if you try to get a window seat, some data suggests that that is a little less exposure. Wipe down the hard surfaces, anything that you might have to touch during that flight and, lastly, try to stay in your seat during the flight so you have less exposure and the masks may not just be for everyone else's protection, it may help to protect you too. Thank you so much for your advice as always.

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