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American Airlines will book flights to full capacity starting today

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jun 26, 2020

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines began booking flights to full capacity Wednesday, despite record surges in the novel coronavirus across the country.

The airline previously announced it would start booking to full capacity last Friday.

"As more people continue to travel, customers may notice that flights are booked to capacity starting July 1,'' the airline said in a statement. "American will continue to notify customers and allow them to move to more open flights when available, all without incurring any cost.''

American isn't the only airline doing this.

United Airlines already do not block any seats.

But other major U.S. airlines including Delta and Southwest leave middle seats open or limit bookings to creating space between passengers to minimize contagion.

Almost all U.S. airlines require passengers to wear face masks, and in a few cases, they have banned customers who refuse to comply.

American says it will notify customers when a flight is likely to be full and will let them change flights at no extra cost.