The model joined Senator Jeff Merkley’s criticism for flying full planes in the midst of the pandemic.
Chrissy Teigen publicly criticized American Airlines on Friday, after Senator Jeff Merkley uploaded a photo of his flight to Twitter.
“It’s not dramatic, but American Airlines only cares about money and doesn’t care if you get sick and die,” the 34-year-old model tweeted, who shared Merkley’s post with her 13.1 million followers.
American Airlines sparked controversy earlier this week by announcing that they would resume booking “flights to capacity starting July 1,” despite spikes in COVID-19 in several states.
“How many Americans will die because you fill the middle seats, with your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,” Merkley began in his original tweet.
Although everyone in his self-portrait seemed to be wearing face masks, Merkley criticized the lack of social detachment and existing indulgences regarding mask removal.
“This is incredibly irresponsible. People eat and drink on planes and must remove their masks to do so. In no way are you not facilitating the spread of COVID infections, ”he concluded.
Not to be dramatic but American Airlines only cares about money and doesn’t care if you get sick and die. https://t.co/6q8ZfZiduB— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 3, 2020
During a Senate hearing this week, virologist Dr. Robert Redfield declared the American Airlines decision as a “substantial disappointment” and “not the right message” that should be sent amid the pandemic.