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This flight was canceled due to COVID-19. Here’s what happened

A recent flight from Australia to Los Angeles was canceled over the novel coronavirus

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An American Eagle airline departs as Concourse B opens at the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

An American Eagle airline departs as Concourse B opens at the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

An American Airlines flight from Australia to Los Angeles was canceled because a crew member tested positive for COVID-19, according to USA Today.

  • American Flight 72 — meant to travel from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles — was canceled after a crew member possibly tested positive for COVID-19.
  • “It’s being called a possible case because it is not yet known whether the crew member, who had mild symptoms, is still testing positive from a previous COVID infection but is no longer infectious,” according toUSA Today.
  • An antibody test will reveal whether or not the crew member is infected, USA Today reports.

An official told USA Today that this happens regularly: “It’s not a surprise. Our flight crews are coming from countries where there is quite a lot of transmission of COVID.’’

Delta cancels flights due to COVID-19, sort of

Delta recently had to cancel more than 100 flights due to high numbers of travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Per The Associated Press, Delta couldn’t handle the high number of travelers, and the airline ended up opening up middle seats, which they had previously blocked off to allow people to remain socially distant.

  • “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and the majority have been rebooked for the same travel day,” Delta said in a statement, Fox Business reports.