American Airlines Pilot Tests Positive for Coronavirus
The airline noted that the risk of transmission to passengers is likely low.
An American Airlines pilot based out of Dallas Fort Worth has tested positive for coronavirus.
“American’s Chief Medical Officer and leaders from our pilots’ office have been in touch with our Dallas Fort Worth-based pilot who tested positive for COVID-19,” the airline shared in a statement to Travel+Leisure. “We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials and are coordinating with them on all required health and safety measures"
An airline official additionally noted that the risk of transmission to passengers is likely low.
The company has suffered both a decrease in demand for flights as well as travel bans to several destinations in the past several weeks. On Wednesday, it announced it is suspending pilot hiring due to the decrease in flight loads.
“As you are aware, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our flight loads,” the airline wrote in a memo obtained by CNBC. “The impact is substantial, and unfortunately, the decision has been made to temporarily suspend new hire pilot hiring beyond our March 17, 2020 class.”
American is far from alone in this decision. As CNBC added, both United and JetBlue also announced hiring freezes and voluntary leave for employees in the wake of the outbreak.
As of Friday morning, 1,701 cases of coronavirus along with 40 deaths had been reported, according to Johns Hopkin's University's real-time map.
To help stem the spread of coronavirus the State Department has issued a global level 3 travel advisory this week, which advises people to “reconsider travel” at all.
“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions,” the warning reads. “Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.”
It added, if you do move forward with travel to check in with your airline, cruise, or accommodation to ensure they are still accepting guests, and take precautions including washing hands frequently and avoiding crowds.
The travel advisory was followed by President Donald Trump announcing restrictions for travel from Europe to the U.S.
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