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Here’s what Americans prefer to grill — and how they grill it

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Grilling season is upon us. But as you’re stoking your coals or firing up your propane tank, what’s going on top of that grate?

According to the majority of Americans, that answer is easy: beef.

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In a survey by Grill Cook Bake, an amateur-chef-created platform for reviewing cooking gear, more than 3,900 Americans were polled about their grilled food habits.

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Protein penchants varied widely for most participants, although there was a clear winner when it came to one question in particular: “Hamburgers or hot dogs?” (iStock)

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Over one third (34 percent) of those surveyed said steak was their favorite grilled food. Hamburger was the second-highest, scoring 19 percent. Though there were a few detractors — 18 percent bucked beef altogether, claiming chicken was their go-to grilling fave. Ribs came in fourth at 11 percent, with bratwurst (6 percent), hot dogs (5 percent), pineapple (4 percent) and pork chops (3 percent) finishing up the list.

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Among those who chose beef, however, more than a quarter — 27.3 percent — said “medium rare” was their favorite way to cook steak and burgers. “Medium” followed at 25.6 percent, with “medium well” at 23.5 percent and “well done” rounding it out at 19.4 percent. Fewer than five percent chose “rare” as their preferred cook temperature.

Protein penchants varied widely for most participants, although there was a clear winner when it came to one question in particular: “Hamburgers or hot dogs?”

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Americans seem to like their burgers. (Grill Cook Bake)

The overwhelming majority of Americans surveyed — 81 percent — said they preferred a burger to a dog.

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Whether you’re team burger or hot dog, one thing is for sure – Americans enjoy their grilled fare. Follow these grilling tips from the masters to avoid any barbecue blunders this season.

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Toddler refuses to give up loaf of bread he is cuddling in adorable TikTok video

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Someone might be eating his feelings.

A very adorable, and concerned-looking tot was captured on camera by his mother hoarding a loaf of sliced sandwich bread and taking small nibbles out of the corners.

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The carb-loving toddler’s mom posted the cute video on TikTok, where it has been viewed nearly 80,000 times. The mom, who goes by Mama Doctor Jones, titled the sweet clip with a hashtag “carbs are life.”

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In the short video, the child is seen cuddling the bread, which is not in a bag, and pecking at the corner of one of the slices. His mom asked why he is holding so much bread.

Seemingly undeterred by her tone, the boy snacks on his slices, to which she asks again why he has so much bread and if he needed all the bread.

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A very adorable, and concerned, looking tot was captured on camera by his mother hoarding a loaf of sliced sandwich bread and taking small nibbles out of the corners. (iStock)

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Eventually, the mom asks for him to give her the bread, to which he says “no!” and then turns his back to the camera.

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It seems the popular pastime of bread eating (and making) during the quarantine spans all ages.

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Arizona vintage shop praised for ‘spot-on’ sign mandating masks: ‘Love your sense of humor’

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A vintage store in Arizona is going viral for its ominous sign warning guests about wearing masks while inside.

The Phoenix, Ariz., shop, Antique Sugar, has posted a sign outside its building advising customers they must wear a mask while inside. However, it’s the sarcastic ultimatum at the end that has people talking.

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“If you choose not to wear a mask, we respectfully ask that you postpone your visit,” the sign reads. “We will be happy to debate the efficacy of masks with you when this is all over and you come in to sell your dead grandmother’s clothes.”

Sarah Bingham, co-owner of the store, said the response has been overwhelmingly positive since her sign began growing on social media.

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“People from across the country are calling to thank us,” said Bingham to KNXV.

“Somebody from Abu Dhabi even reached out to us yesterday and made a purchase from us,” she added, also noting the many voice mails the shop has received from those praising her for doubling down on requiring masks.

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“Your door message has made my day! Kudos to you and absolutely love your sense of humor in responding to the naysayers. Brilliant!!!!” one person wrote on Instagram about the sign.

“Brilliant, from someone who is struggling daily to keep a grandmother alive. Abso[lutely] spot on! Love from afar,” another commented, along with a series of mask emoji.

Despite the applause she has received virtually, Bingham told the outlet she had received pushback from those visiting the store about the policy.

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The Phoenix, Ariz., shop, Antique Sugar, has posted a sign outside its building advising customers they must wear a mask while inside. However, it’s the sarcastic ultimatum at the end that has people talking. (Google Maps)

“They’re like, ‘You know the masks don’t work, right’? Or something about carbon dioxide retention, thinking that it’s bad for you to wear the mask or that you look stupid wearing a mask,” said Bingham.

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Though she admits “nobody likes wearing a mask” especially in Arizona, where it’s hot, she stated “it’s literally the smallest gesture we can make” as far as combatting the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, which has continued to have spikes in several states throughout the country.

“Some people are trying to make this some kind of a political statement but people are not dying along party lines,” said Bingham to KNXV.

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Airport offering flights to nowhere for people who want the illusion of travel

If your favorite part of taking a trip is going through the airport, then you’re in luck — a Taiwanese airport has created an experience for TSA-starved travelers to check in for a flight, go through security and then board the aircraft … and sit.

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Taipai Songshan Airport began offering passengers a trip to nowhere in early July, and received about 7,000 interested guests, New York Post reported. Only 60 were chosen from the pool for the half-day airplane “trips” that will continue in the next couple of weeks.

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Those who were selected for the phony flight received boarding passes and continued through the typical security process they would if traveling international. (iStock)

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Taiwan has encouraged citizens to not travel internationally unless in cases of emergency.

Those who were selected for the phony flight received boarding passes and continued through the typical security process they would if traveling international. Once through, guests gathered at their gate where they waited to board a China Airlines plane — Taiwan’s major carrier, which the island considered renaming during the pandemic because of its close resemblance to Chinese airline Air China.

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Those who took part in the gimmick practiced safe social distancing and wore their mandated masks as they talked with flight attendants and admired the new safety measures the airport has installed due to the coronavirus, the Post reported.

Taiwan reacted swiftly to the COVID-19 outbreak with border closures. The self-governed island off mainland China has had seven coronavirus-related deaths.

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California McDonald’s employee assaulted by customer in drive-thru window over mask policy

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A California McDonald’s employee claims she was grabbed and assaulted by a customer after she told him he would have to wear a mask in the drive-thru.

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The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries. Her right arm and hand were reportedly placed in a cast. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Maria Resendiz, 19, was working at a McDonald’s in Oakland Saturday when she said a man drove up to the window to pick-up his order and was not wearing a mask. Resendiz allegedly told the man masks were required and refused to give him his food – what she claims the restaurant owner Michael Smith told her to do if a customer did not comply with the mask rule, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Resendiz said the man responded to her with threats and “racially charged language” before he drove off and parked his car, SacBee reported. The unidentified suspect then walked back to the window, forced it open and “was able to hit [her] repeatedly.”

“He grabbed my neck and my shirt,” Resendiz said in the complaint filed with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Chronicle reported.

“We’re not burgers and fries. We’re humans.”

— Maria Resendiz

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The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries. Her right arm and hand were reportedly placed in a cast.

“I get it about the situation we’re in with COVID and that people are stressed but that’s not an excuse for workers at fast-food restaurants to risk their lives,” she said to the Chronicle. “We’re not burgers and fries. We’re humans. Two McDoubles and a small fries, that’s not something that’s worth getting injured over.”

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Police are currently investigating the incident.

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Bride asks Reddit’s advice on wedding dilemma after she ‘won’t budge’ on not letting blind friend bring dog

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A bride-to-be has thrown Reddit into a serious quandary as to who is wrong.

Everyone’s seemingly favorite subreddit “Am I the A–h—“ is contemplating who – if anyone – is to blame after a user posted her wedding day dilemma.

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The woman begins her tale by explaining she is 28 and getting married in September. The woman writes that she has a “blind friend who mostly relies on her guide dog.”

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The bride claims to be severely allergic to dogs and has asked her friend to not bring her guide dog to the wedding, and instead the bride would pay for other accommodations.  (iStock)

The situation gets trickier as the bride “has three chronic illnesses” that she reportedly take 23 pills a day for, including “you guessed it, an extremely severe dog allergy.”

The woman explains when she meets up with her friend, she takes two allergy pills and they meet in open-air spaces. However, because the pills make her so drowsy, she falls asleep immediately after the time together.

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After setting the scene, the woman goes onto explain the wedding will be “very intimate” and in a small room and is worried about the dog’s presence in such a small venue with her allergies.

“Finally, I talked to my friend about it, explained the situation and said I would love her to come but she can’t bring her dog. I said that four of our mutual friends had offered to “be on a roster” and assist her should she need it. Alternatively, if she is not comfortable with this she could bring a person of her choosing to the wedding or I’d pay for a professional aid for the day. I think it is important to note that her dog is not for any additional issues like seizures or anything like that,” the woman wrote.

However, the woman said “unfortunately, she was less than happy with my suggestions. She accused me of being ableist and thinking her disability can be switched off for the day.”

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The woman wrote that she felt “horrible” but “won’t budge” about her decision to not allow the dog.

Those on Reddit seemed split – but not about whether or not the bride was in the wrong. Those online seemed torn between whether or not the friend was for accusing the woman of being “ableist.”

“[Not the a–h—]. Your friend is being albeist by pretending she doesn’t have other options for one night when others have offered their arm,” one commented.

“[No a–h—s here]. Obviously, you can’t control your allergies. But of course she’s upset, it’s like asking someone who’s in a wheelchair not to come, but you’ll pay someone to carry them around. You’ve offered to make arrangements, and they’re not arrangements she’s comfortable with. If I were her, I would choose not to attend,” one chimed in.

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“The accusation of [original poster] being an ableist makes the friend [the a–h—] [in my opinion],” one commented.

“Hey, blind person with a guide dog here! Your friend is being unreasonable in this very particular situation. The professional aid you’re referring to is called a Sight Guide and they are trained to assist while being as non-intrusive as possible,” one person wrote.

Though the collective internet forum eventually declared neither of those involved as being in the wrong, the woman did not post an update as to whether her friend had agreed to come.

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King Arthur Flour Baking Hotline reveals most common, craziest questions asked during ‘very busy’ pandemic

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For some baking is, well, a piece of cake. But for the others, the science-heavy pastime requires some assistance.

That’s where King Arthur Flour’s Baking Hotline comes into play. And during the quarantine, the hotline not only saw an amazing increase in volume of calls and emails – but the questions themselves took an unexpectedly emotional turn.

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Barbara Alpern, King Arthur Flour Customer Service Baker Specialist and Blogger, described to Fox News in an interview the ways the pandemic has changed the hotline, and shares what everyone has wanted to know over the last four months.

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King Arthur Flour Hotline baking specialist and artisan bread baker Barbara Alpern explained how the pandemic has changed the hotline. (King Arthur Flour)

“We’ve definitely been very, very busy. It’s been pretty crazy if you consider [the difference from] April, May 2019, and now April, May 2020,” she said to Fox News.

“The total baking contacts were around 22,000 for three month, this year it’s over 45,000 – chats, emails and calls.”

“We’re busier than the busiest time of the year, which is the holidays,” she added of the hotline, which started in 1993.

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But though the traffic has increased to holiday-like levels, Alpern said it’s different than that.

“Usually with holidays, you get certain specific questions, typically around traditional recipes,” she said.

This pandemic, it’s all about the sourdough.

“Everybody and their mother wanted to create a sourdough starter from scratch, which doesn’t always go according to plan, and people get frustrated when it doesn’t rise,” she said.

Though Alpern, who has more than a decade of artisan bread-baking experience and has been working at the hotline for 6 years, said they “always gets a lot of sourdough questions,” this was more than usual.

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Alpern explained that though sourdough – and bread-making in general – were the most popular questions asked. (iStock)

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“I think initially people couldn’t find bread in the grocery store so they thought ‘I’m going to learn to bake bread.’”

To that end, Alpern explained that though sourdough – and bread-making in general – were the most popular questions asked, substitutions were also very common as stores continued to run out of baking ingredients like flour, eggs and milk.

“People are baking to relieve stress, to stay sane.”

— Barbara Alpern

The scarcity of baking supplies was not the only way the pandemic was changing how people approached baking, she said.

“I have had some kind of crazy pandemic-related questions that I wasn’t sure how to answer,” she said. “A couple of people called to ask if it was safe to use flour after saturating the bag in disinfectant.”

“Another asked if they prepared cookie dough with latex gloves, is someone with a latex allergy able to eat it?”

To both she advised to “use your best judgment,” telling those inquiring about flour to not use it if “it smells like disinfectant.”

More than just unprecedented questions, Alpern said the hotline has also gotten more personal, and the conversations have “gotten longer and people are sharing” – a fact she is not altogether shocked by.

“When people get on the phone and said ‘I’m all alone here,’ you know this isn’t a conversation just about what flour to use. They really want a human connection.”

— Barbara Alpern

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“I think that baking is always a little personal,” she said. “You talk about who you’re baking for, it gets personal – but these days when people are so isolated and people call us, they really want to or need to talk.”

“When people get on the phone and said ‘I’m all alone here,’ you know this isn’t a conversation just about what flour to use. They really want a human connection.”

Among the more intimate shares, Alpern said a woman called in after finding out her 94-year-old mother had to be transferred to the hospital for COVID-19.

“She called the hotline just for a distraction.”

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Alpern said the hotline has also gotten more personal, and the conversations have “gotten longer and people are sharing.” (iStock)

Another special story she received she said came from an 89-year-old man looking for advice on a “Tuscan coffee cake.”

“It is a yeasted coffee cake – not an easy project,” Alpern said of the man’s question, but the reason he wanted to make the difficult treat touched her.

“He had recently lost power for several days because of a storm and his neighbor’s finally checked in on him and saw that he was out of food and went grocery shopping for him. So he was working on this recipe to give to his neighbors as a thank you.”

One call she said her colleague received was from a firefighter in California “on his way to a 36-hour-shift and stuck in traffic.”

“He had a sourdough starter in a bucket next to him in the car and had questions about it,” she said.

“People are baking to relieve stress, to stay sane,” she said, noting the hotline was created around “sharing the joy of baking.”

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And she doesn’t expect it to end anytime soon – especially the bread-making.

“I think of this as the sourdough pandemic,” she laughed. “Things are still busy. They’ve all got their starters going.”

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TSA questions effectiveness of temperature screening to check for coronavirus at airports

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As summer travel continues to increase — amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — the TSA is continuing its efforts to mitigate the spread while passengers pass through airports with its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure” initiative.

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Among the new protocols are increased safety precautions added to TSA checkpoints including plastic shields, contact-free ID verifications and other measures.

However, one security measure the TSA has not yet made a decision on is temperature screening.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration, David Pekoske, said Tuesday that though no formal decision has been made by the federal government concerning temperature scans for passengers, he is dubious of the efficacy of the procedure.

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TSA has not made a definitive decision on temperature screening. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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“I know in talking to our medical professionals and talking to the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] is that temperature checks are not a guarantee that passengers who don’t have an elevated temperature also don’t have COVID-19,” Pekoske said during a teleconference, WFMZ reported.

And passengers who present a higher temperature might not actually have coronavirus.

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Pekoske also said on the call that performing the screenings would be logistically complicated as to where to install the screenings and what agency would conduct them.

As for now, the TSA is requiring travelers to wear masks while in the airport, and airlines have mandated that passengers wear them while onboard planes.

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According to the TSA’s website, the agency is encouraging passengers to practice social distancing and maintain good hygiene while in the airports to prevent the spread of the virus.

“TSA remains committed to the health and safety of our front-line workers and airline travelers,” Pekoske said. “We anticipate these prudent changes in our screening procedures, which seek to limit physical contact and increase physical distance, will achieve the security standard the public expects and facilitate the increasing population of travelers this summer.”

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Delta bringing back alcohol for first-class, Comfort+ members after stopping service due to coronavirus

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First-class passengers have something to cheer about — other than the extra legroom.

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Delta Air Lines announced it will be resuming its beer and wine service to first-class and Comfort+ passengers beginning July 2, per a press release.

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Delta revealed the choice to resume the complimentary practice after receiving “feedback from customers and consult[ing] with health professionals.” (iStock)

The airline, which temporarily stopped serving alcohol on-board flights in March as part of its expanded coronavirus safety policy, said it would begin reintroducing complimentary single-serve red and white wine, as well as four types of beer to its first-class and Comfort+ members on “all flights greater than 500 miles.”

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Delta revealed the choice to resume the complimentary practice after receiving “feedback from customers and consult[ing] with health professionals.”

“We take pride in always listening to our customers, and we know beer and wine are the adult beverages our customers want most. These selections are the first step towards a normalized beverage offering while we continue to keep customer and crew safety at the center of everything we do,” said Allison Ausband, Delta’s senior vice president of in-flight service.

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Delta said it would begin reintroducing complimentary single-serve red and white wine, as well as four types of beer to its first-class and Comfort+ members on “all flights greater than 500 miles.” (Delta Air Lines)

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Flight attendants will hand out the adult beverages using serving trays to help minimize contact with passengers. Mixed drinks have yet to be introduced as they required more touch points, the brand shared.

In recent weeks passenger travel has seen an uptick. In response, airlines have been starting to roll-back coronavirus restrictions.

American Airlines and United have both shared they will begin booking middle seats, with American stating the airline will once again be booking at 100 percent capacity.

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These decisions from airlines are coming as health officials have warned of coronavirus spikes around the country.

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CDC director criticizes American Airlines’ decision to book middle seats: ‘Substantial disappointment’

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American Airlines‘ decision to open up middle seats for booking has drawn criticism from both the director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), virologist Dr. Robert Redfield, and White House Coronavirus Task Force member, immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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The airline announced it would be ending its middle seat booking ban beginning July 1, allowing its flights to be booked to 100 percent capacity after more than two months of only booking to 85 percent in an effort to encourage social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

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American Airlines defended its decision in a comment to Fox News, stating the airline has “multiple layers of protection in place for those who fly with us, including required face coverings, enhanced cleaning procedures, and a pre-flight COVID-19 symptom checklist. (iStock)

The move has prompted criticism from health officials. During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Tuesday, Redfield called the airline’s decision a “substantial disappointment,” and said it didn’t send “the right message,” TravelPulse reported.

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Fauci expressed similar distress, stating the airline’s change was “something that is of concern.”

American Airlines defended its decision in a comment to Fox News, stating the airline has “multiple layers of protection in place for those who fly with us, including required face coverings, enhanced cleaning procedures, and a pre-flight COVID-19 symptom checklist — and we’re providing additional flexibility for customers to change their travel plans, as well.”

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Though American Airlines – which had been booking flights to 85 percent capacity, meaning most middle seats were already occupied by travelers – caught criticism for its decision to book 100 percent of flights, it is not the only major carrier to do so.

United Airlines also revealed it would end its practice of blocking middle seats.

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Other major carriers like Delta, Southwest, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue have all committed to continue blocking middle seats in an effort to comply with CDC-recommended social distancing coronavirus protocols through at least July. (iStock)

The airlines’ policy reversals come as several states have experienced spikes in the coronavirus and health officials have warned of a second wave of the virus.

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Other major carriers like Delta, Southwest, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue have all committed to continue blocking middle seats in an effort to comply with CDC-recommended coronavirus protocols through at least July.

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