Poll: Do you agree with the flight attendants union’s call for a halt to all remaining leisure travel in the U.S.?

Aviation industry labor unions called on the U.S. government to enforce medical guidelines to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, saying their members risk ongoing exposure to infection despite a dramatic decline in air travel.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said flight attendants have faced the risk of exposure to the virus since the first indications of the pandemic in late December 2019. Across the industry, 100 flight attendants have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,000 are self-quarantining because of potential exposure.

A Philadelphia-based flight attendant with American Airlines died from COVID-19 while awaiting test results at home, Nelson said. She called on the FAA, its parent organization the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), and airlines to halt all remaining leisure air travel.

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