United Airlines confirmed that COVID-19 played a role in a passenger's death on a flight bound for LAX, according to a report from TMZ.
Passengers aboard the aircraft claimed that the deceased passenger's wife admitted that he felt shortness of breath, and had also lost his sense of taste and smell prior to boarding. Now, the CDC is working with the airline to contact any passengers who may have been exposed to the virus.
There were some intense moments aboard a United flight on Monday.
United Airlines is adding new and returning routes in October, allowing the airline to fly 40% of its full flight schedule compared to the previous year, a 6% increase compared to what it plans to fly in September.
United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October, down from an earlier target of 36,000 after thousands of workers took early retirement, buyouts, or long-term leaves of absence with the industry facing a slow recovery from the pandemic.
Delta and American are following the example set by United Airlines and saying they will drop an unpopular $200 fee on customers who change a ticket for travel within the United States.
The Chicago-based carrier may need to furlough roughly 3,900 pilots due to a worsening outlook for the airline industry, according to an internal memo.
United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees - nearly half its U.S. staff - they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus pandemic is hurting the airline industry.
United Airlines announced it will strengthen mandatory mask policies to further hinder the spread of COVID-19 and help continue to keep passengers and crew safe.
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The airline’s president, J. Scott Kirby, will succeed Munoz as chief executive in May 2020.