Just because outside is opening back up doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. Anyone wanting to travel in the air soon may want to reconsider after Delta Air Lines has confirmed about 500 cases among their workers and at least 10 deaths.
The cases include some workers in the airline’s headquarters city of Atlanta, according to 11 Alive, who also reported two of the 10 deaths happened in Detroit.
Due to these developments, Delta Air Lines is now testing all 86,000 of its employees.
While airliners report more cases, they have also handed down stricter guidelines regarding passengers and coronavirus. Airlines for America said that passengers who do not wear face coverings could have their flying privileges revoked.
A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines acknowledged that the company, like others, is taking a strict stance on health and safety of its employees and customers.
“Wearing a mask is one of the many important steps Delta has implemented to keep customers and employees stay safe while flying. Moving forward, we will continue ensuring customers are aware of, acknowledge and comply with the requirement to wear a mask during boarding and throughout their flight.”
“As with many safety actions, failure to comply with an agent or crew member instructions could result in denied boarding or revocation of future flight privileges,” the airline said.
The travel industry has been among the hardest hit by the virus. With the reported cases among staff, Delta joins much of the travel industry in trying to recover financially without sacrificing employee and passenger safety.
The U.S. Travel Association said total spending in the U.S. is predicted to drop 45% by the end of the year.
As far as international inbound spending, that’s expected to fall 75%.
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