‘I just sat there quietly crying in my mask’: Woman flying from New York to North Carolina is stunned to find herself on a nearly full American Airlines flight and surrounded by passengers
- Erin Strine shared a video on Saturday of her packed American Airlines 338 flight from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina
- She was stunned to find that her flight was nearly full, where passengers and flight attendants were unable to practice social distance and some had no masks
- Strine said she feared for her health while sitting in a middle chair
- “I really felt that my life and the lives of everyone around me were in danger,” she said
- Says American Airlines it works with the CDC on flight safety measures and allows workers to wear masks and gloves
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A North Carolina woman was stunned when she landed on an almost complete flight from New York City to Charlotte this weekend, despite limitations from the corona virus.
Erin Strine shared a video on Saturday of her American Airlines flight 388 that was surprisingly nearly full of people.
Strine, whose grandmother had recently passed away, traveled from Brooklyn to her hometown of Chapel Hill to spend time with her family.
Strine said she was concerned that there was little social distance on the full flight. She expressed concern for her health when she realized that she had been placed in a middle chair.
“I really felt that my life and the lives of everyone around me were in danger,” she said. “I just sat there quietly crying in my mask because I was really overwhelmed by how unsafe I felt.”
Erin Strine shared a video on Saturday of her packed American Airlines 338 flight from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina
She was stunned to find that her flight was nearly full, where passengers and flight attendants were unable to practice social distance and some had no masks
Strine shared video footage with the rows of seats in front and behind her filled with people traveling from New York City to Charlotte
She made video footage of the busy flight with full seats with a few passengers and at least one flight attendant wearing a mask.
She shared a video of the flight on Twitter on Saturday, saying, “Well, crazy I think an airline would stick to the social distance guidelines. Currently on a nearly full @AmericanA airlines flight abroad and I’ve never felt so safe or cared for. ‘
Her clip received over 354,000 views and caused outrage at the company for failing to implement better security measures.
“This was a flight from the epicenter of the pandemic in the US,” she said WSOCTV.
“I really felt that my life and the lives of everyone around me were in danger. I just sat there crying silently in my mask because I was really overwhelmed with how unsafe I felt, ‘said Strine, pictured left and right, said
Although passengers were unable to exercise social distance, many were seen wearing masks on board
“I had people on both sides of me. Every row around me, next to me, behind me, was completely full, “she added WBTV.
“They specifically said that we wouldn’t be able to distance ourselves and everyone would take precautions for themselves, you know, if you have to cough or sneeze to turn your head,” she added.
Strine said she was overwhelmed with tears during the flight.
Strine said that if flights cannot fly at a lower capacity to maintain social distance, they should “be required to wear masks for the safety of all those around them.”
“The safety of our customers and team members remains our top priority. We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials and will continue to coordinate with them on all required health and safety related measures, ” said American Airlines in a post-video statement.
The airline said it is taking steps, including procedures for clearing the often touched area of the plane, to ensure that workers keep their distance from each other and that workers can wear gloves or masks.
Strine says she will cancel her return flight to Brooklyn after the incident and drive back to New York.