I’m normally quite impressed by the knowledge and passion Chrissy Teigen displays when it comes to air travel. Not this time, however. A stinging rebuke of American Airlines by the supermodel really misses the mark.
Supermodel Rebukes American Airlines Over Filling Middle Seats
It’s one thing to complain about airlines choosing to fill middle seats. It’s quite another to call them murders for doing so. But Teigen alleges that American Airlines does not care if you get sick and die; it only cares about the almighty dollar.
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
As View from the Wing notes, when Chrissy Teigen addresses a travel-related matter, you listen. Her celebrity status may have given her the platform, but she has proven over the years to offer interesting, informed, and useful thoughts concerning air travel.
- Model Brings “Emotional Support Casserole” on American Airlines Flight
- Fascinating: Foul Play and Intrigue Onboard ANA Flight to Nowhere
- Supermodel’s Account of the 8hr ANA Flight from LAX to LAX
That makes this latest outburst all the more disappointing.
Is American or other airlines putting lives at risk by filling middle seats? We’re going to address that on a scientific basis next week on Live and Let’s Fly. But even if the answer is yes in an absolute sense, the cost/benefit analysis is not unreasonable. Why do we have higher speed limits in some jurisdictions or why are cigarettes still sold despite their strong link to lung cancer? That’s a different discussion for a different time, but the answer is summed up in the many tradeoffs we make based upon a cost-benefit analysis.
But Teigen didn’t say AA is putting lives at risk. Instead, she said that American doesn’t care if you get sick or die. Come on Chrissy! Reality is a bit more complicated.
In this case, I defend American Airlines. Teigen’s charge was unbecoming of her. We can discuss–and will discuss–whether it makes sense to block middle seats–but let’s not call airlines murderers if they choose to fill middle seats.