Just a few weeks ago, people were posting photos and stories on social media of virtually empty flights, relishing in personalized service and not having to worry about social-distancing.
Now, some travelers are complaining about the opposite, flying on planes that are surprisingly full. They are frustrated that airlines aren’t doing more to space people out or limit the number of passengers.
— Ethan Weiss (@ethanjweiss) May 9, 2020
“This is the last time I’ll be flying again for a very long time,” he wrote, after posting a photograph of a full plane cabin.
On that flight, only 25 of the 166 available seats were empty, according to United. But the carrier said in a statement that the vast majority of its flights — 85 percent — were less than half full.
Starting next week through June, United said, it will “do our best” to notify customers about a day in advance if they are booked on a flight that is more than 70