Passengers Fail to Observe Social Distancing While Boarding Air Canada Flight

A flight from Toronto to Vancouver on May 1 saw passengers lining up close to eachother, sparking concern about the potential spread of COVID-19 due to a lack of social distancing measures.

Passenger Kathleen Hamilton recorded a video showing travellers boarding the flight. She also posted a photo of the flight on her Twitter page.

“Totally unacceptable! A full flight to YVR! No social distancing,” she said.

“My first reaction was shocked, then angry and scared. Nobody was moving and talking on the flight,” Hamilton told Storyful.

The Air Canada website states: “our boarding process has been temporarily adjusted to reduce contact times”.

The airline adds that it “will be proactively reseating customers in our Economy cabin, to have as few people sitting next to one another as possible”.

As of May 7, total cases of COVID-19 in Canada were 64,922. Credit: Kathleen Hamilton via Storyful