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Airlines Stumble Ahead With Covid Plans That May Heighten Risks

  • Inconsistent policies include some at odds with science
  • Cash-strapped carriers struggling to regain public confidence
United Airlines To Send Layoff Warnings To Half Of Its Employees
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United and Delta airlines have recently begun boarding flights from the rear to the front in a bid to minimize close contacts between passengers that could spread Covid-19.

Yet new research shows it may do just the opposite: U.S. scientists have found boarding planes starting with the back rows increases the time spent by people clustering in aisles to load bags in overhead bins before taking their seats.