Several businesses are starting to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the travel and airline industries are still having a hard time.
On “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson said that the airline industry is “still right in the middle of this crisis.”
“And what the industry has done is put in place required mask policies, changed their cleaning procedures, talked about [how] the air filtration is safer than in an office building. They’ve done a lot of things to try to convince people, but it’s just not happening. So people are choosing to drive rather than fly,” she added.
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According to Nelson, the numbers from this weekend show that business only reaches half of what it reached last year.
“We are asking Congress to continue the package that was put in place in March to get money directly to the workers on the front lines,” Nelson said. “That’s what the money for the airlines went to. [It] was to keep us in our jobs, connected to our health care and then ready to lift the industry again.”
Nelson added that 750,000 jobs in the airline industry support 11 million jobs in the economy. “We spend back into the economy. So, it’s so important to support these jobs, keep the industry intact, keep the service to all of our communities during the pandemic.”