JetBlue President and COO Joanna Geraghty said that safety measures such as temperature checks need to be uniformly mandated by the government.
Geraghty said it’s confusing for the public, when they start traveling again, if one airline implements specific safety measures while another does not.
“There needs to be a global industry solution for this. Different standards for different airlines is going to be challenging for the traveling public. … Our recommendation is for the government to step in and handle that service,” she told CNN’s Erica Hill.
JetBlue was the first major airline to require facial coverings, and Geraghty said the airline is offering empty seats next to passengers and undergoing deep cleanings.
Geraghty said the airline industry has been “rocked to its core” and the company is working to conserve cash.
“There's some very small glimmers of light, but we're not overly optimistic about that,” she said.
JetBlue is also offering a pair of flights to 100,000 New York health care workers.
"We wanted to make sure that they are among the first that are able to travel again. And many of them have had families impacted and have had [isolation] from their families. We wanted to make sure this ticket giveaway included recognizing those families that also have sacrificed in so many ways during this coronavirus pandemic," Geraghty said.