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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. airlines have been working on ways to ensure their passengers’ safety and peace of mind while traveling. This week, a number of major carriers, like Frontier Airlines, rolled out new safety measures for that reason.
“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount and temperature screenings add an additional layer of protection for everyone onboard,” Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle said in a press release. “This new step during the boarding process, coupled with face coverings and elevated disinfection procedures, will serve to provide Frontier customers an assurance that their well-being is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel comfortably and safely.”
If a passenger's temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they will be given time to rest, if the flight departure time allows, before a second check. If that check is 100.4 degrees or higher, the passenger will be denied boarding and offered assistance rebooking.
Frontier previously began blocking middle seats on flights.
JetBlue announced Wednesday it is offering free roundtrip flights to front-line health care workers as part of its JetBlue Healthcare Hero initiative that will aim to give 100,000 medical professionals roundtrip flight certificates for future travel.
The company also saluted medical employees and first responders with a low-altitude flyover Thursday in New York City.
JetBlue also announced this week it will temporality pull flights from certain cities.
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Both airlines will be temporarily cutting service to Charlotte, North Carolina; Denver; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. JetBlue will also be pausing flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tampa, Florida.
“Our new GDS capabilities allow business travel managers the ability to book, modify, and cancel Southwest travel without having to pick up the phone, and they can better track and manage their organization's travel,” Andrew Watterson, Southwest's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in a statement.
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A report this week said that despite averaging fewer than two dozen passengers per domestic flight, U.S. airlines are collectively burning more than $10 billion in cash per month. In a prepared testimony from Airlines for America, seen by Reuters, the group said even after grounding nearly 50 percent of the active U.S. fleet, its member carriers, including the four largest U.S. airlines, are averaging just 17 passengers per domestic flight.
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