Packed United flight leaves passengers ‘scared,’ ‘shocked’ amid fears of the coronavirus

Chris Woodyard and Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAYUSA TODAYMay 10, 2020, 8:27 PM CDT

A photo of a crowded flight posted on Twitter by a cardiologist returning from the New York City area may hint at the difficulties of social distancing as air travel picks up again.

Dr. Ethan Weiss tweeted a photo Saturday showing what appears to be a full United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. Though passengers are wearing masks, he said the crowded cabin runs counter to United’s assurances that it would leave middle seats empty in order to promote social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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