It’s ‘not a safety strategy,’ said company spokesman Josh Earnest, a former Obama press secretary.
An executive for United Airlines on Wednesday dismissed arguments that his company should maintain rigorous social distancing on its flights, calling that argument nothing more than a public relations gambit rather than a true health-and-safety measure.
Josh Earnest, the company’s senior vice president and its top spokesman, told Business Insider that blocking out middle seats in company airplanes would constitute “a PR strategy,” rather than “a safety strategy.”
Earnest is a former Obama administration press secretary.
“When you’re onboard the aircraft, if you’re sitting in the aisle and the middle seat is empty, the person across the aisle from you is within six feet of you,” he said. “The person at the window is within six feet of you. The people in the row in front of you are within six feet of you, the people in the row behind you are within six feet of you.” MORE