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The DOT warning comes as travelers have blasted United and other airlines skirting its policies on cash refunds for canceled flights.

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Do you feel that air travel domestically is currently safe, given all the cleaning and people wearing masks?

– LF, California

Yes, If I needed to travel, I would fly. The higher risk is the interaction with people on the ground.

I support the practice of social distancing and based on what I have seen, the airlines are doing a good job of cleaning the airplanes.

I am looking forward to returning to regular travel once the pandemic is under control. 

Are Boeing and Airbus still making airplanes?

– MM, Illinois

Yes, both companies are producing airplanes.

Airbus is still building the A320NEO, A321NEO, A330NEO, and A350s but has reduced the production rate for all of their models.

Boeing is making B767s, 787s and military airplanes (e.g. P-8 and KC-46). 

The 737 MAX is beginning to return to production and will be returning to service this summer if all goes well. 

However, the airlines who ordered those planes are negotiating for changes in the delivery schedules, impacting the demand.

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I’m a de-icing agent in New England, where we just got another round of winter weather. Before we start spraying, the pilots ask us to hold on while they configure the aircraft (B737, A319/320/321, Emb175/195’s). What is it they’re “configuring?”

– KDA, Branford, Connecticut

They are positioning the flaps/slats and stabilizer into the proper positions for de-icing.

Each model aircraft has a specific configuration for de-icing that is stated in the airplane flight manual. 

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