Flair Airlines under fire for making customers in Canada pay $49 for physical distancing
The Edmonton-based airline is offering passengers the choice to block the seat for $49.
And it seems that not everyone is taking Flair up on the offer because some passengers are posting photos of the packed flights to social media, showing a lack of physical distancing.
The CEO of Flair Airlines Jim Scott told CTV that the airline is giving passengers a "choice."
Scott says that if Flair chose to block the middle seats, the cost would be passed on to passengers.
"We would have to charge everyone one-third more and I think the customers that we carry don't have a lot of money. They're not rich people and they'll take the precautions and put the mask on to save that type of money."
"This is ridiculous," one person wrote of Flair's policy. "[This] pandemic isn't a choice, it's a public safety issue, and social distancing should not be based on whether you can afford it."
huh! @FlairAirlines will sell you COVID-19 for the low low low unbundled price of only $49 plus taxes and fees!!!!!!!!!— Güs (@gstring) June 16, 2020
ADD IT TO YOUR STOCKING STUFFER LIST EVERYONE!
Health officials also recommend that Canadians avoid "crowded areas" and maintain two metres of distance from others where possible while travelling, but there are no official rules when it comes to physical distancing on flights.
Correct me if I heard this incorrectly, you stated on CTV Calgary report @flairairlines will block out middle seats if passengers pay $49. Then you proceeded to demean clients by stating they do have much money and can’t afford additional cost.— Bruce Rowe (@TeamBruceRowe) June 16, 2020
Flair currently operates flights to Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, Kelowna and Winnipeg.
The airline said in a press release on June 3 that safety "comes first for Flair," with customers remaining their priority.
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