Aer Lingus passenger shares photo of Heathrow flight with ‘95% seats taken and no social distancing’ – The Sun
The flight from Belfast to London Heathrow had “no social distancing whatsoever”, despite the strict government guidelines.
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Flyer Sean Mallon told BBC Radio Ulster: “I would say there was about 95% of the seats taken on the flight”.
Aer Lingus has vowed to launch a probe into the scenes after the pictures of the packed flight were shared on social media.
The airline said any process changes required would be implemented as a "matter of urgency".
In a statement, the airline said: "In light of the unexpectedly high loads on the Belfast-London Heathrow service this morning and the level of demand for the route, Aer Lingus is reviewing its processes and procedures applicable to the operation of this service.
Aer Lingus is reviewing its processes and procedures applicable to the operation of this service.
"The safety and security of Aer Lingus's customers and crew is our top priority and any process changes that are identified as being required will be implemented as a matter of urgency."
It comes after transport secretary Grant Shapps warned that foreign travellers to the UK could be forced to enter into a 14-day coronavirus quarantine.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that as infections rate in Britain decrease it was crucial that “we do ensure that the sacrifices…that we're asking the British people to make are matched by anyone who comes to this country".
However, industry bosses believe such a move "would effectively kill air travel".
Today it was revealed that around 18million people were let into Britain without any screening as covid-19 spread across the world.
Shocking figures from the Home Office reveal just 273 travellers from virus ground zero Wuhan and Tokyo were forced to self-isolate after entering the UK.
They came in on four flights from China and Japan in January and February as the virus spread across the world and were taken to specialist facilities in Milton Keynes and Merseyside.
Arrivals continue to this day – with no formal quarantine requirements. It is simply staggering
But between January and March 23 – when lockdown came into force – more than 18million entered Britain without screening for the deadly disease.
Although the figures include arrivals from all destinations, the Home Office believes tens of thousands of these would come from countries ravaged by the disease.
Since the killer bug's first victim on March 1, at least 28,734 people have died from the virus and 186,245 have been infected.
Labour MP and member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Stephen Doughty, said the startling figures "beggar belief".
He told the Guardian: "The fact that many of these people then likely arrived and travelled onwards across the UK with little or no adherence to social distancing, and with no checks or protections at the border – barely a whiff of hand sanitiser – is deeply disturbing.
“Let alone the arrival of 3,000 fans from Madrid as the pandemic picked up speed.
“Yet arrivals continue to this day – with no formal quarantine requirements. It is simply staggering.”
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