COVID Safety Meltdown? TSA, Consumer Reports add more reasons to fly by private jet

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More than 1,000 TSA agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6 have died from the Coronavirus

TSA federal security director Jay Brainard filed a whistleblower complaint in June on how his own agency had failed to implement key safety measures to protect agents and passengers

Consumer Reports is petitioning DOT Secretary Chao to make COVID-19 safety standards mandatory for airlines and airports

As private jet travel increased 5% year-over-year during the July 4th holiday period, airlines, airport authorities, and the federal government are giving you more reasons to fly privately.

I have no doubt whatsoever that our people became Typhoid Marys and contributed to the spread of that virus because TSA senior leadership did not make sure (screeners) were adequately protected

– Jay Brainard, TSA director and whistleblower

That’s if you need any. A study first published by Private Jet Card Comparisons on March 11, showed that potential contact points for contracting the COVID-19 Coronavirus are 30 times lower when flying privately.

XO (formerly XOJET) posts COVID-19 Coronavirus safety responses

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All flights performed by XOJET Aviation now require a health questionnaire form completed by each passenger at least 24 hours prior to departure

In certain cases, its private jet passengers may be asked to submit to temperature checks before departure

Jet sharing flights from New York to South Florida are priced as low as $1,390 per seat

Vista Global Holdings (VGH) has posted COVID-19 Coronavirus protocols for both XO and XOJET Aviation, the two halves of the former XOJET.

XOJET customer form

JetSuite rebrands JetSuiteX as JSX

JSX operates scheduled shuttles using private jet terminals in the Western U.S.

Jet card and on-demand charter operator JetSuite has rebranded its JetSuiteX division as JSX along with a refreshed website, logo, livery and new ad campaign. The company said its goal is “to define its innovative form of air travel as a ‘hop-on jet service.’”

JSX says its mission is to “dramatically improve short-haul air travel by offering publicly available charter flights on 30-seat jets from private terminals.”

It now flies daily out of six airports: Burbank (BUR), Las Vegas (LAS), Orange County (SNA), Napa/Concord (CCR), Oakland (OAK), and Seattle-Boeing Field (BFI). JSX’s seventh destination, Phoenix (PHX), will launch later this month.

Facing mounting lawsuits, JetSmarter fires back, says litigation represents “less than 0.1% of growing customer base”

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Against the backdrop of three more lawsuits, the sharing economy private jet company is responding, saying programs changes were within its rights, and the “vast majority” of “core” members are understanding

 

Over the past two weeks, at least three more lawsuits have been filed against JetSmarter, including two customers who say shortly after spending $97,500 upfront for discounted multi-year memberships they found themselves without the benefits they paid for. The lawsuits filed in New Jersey, Illinois and New York each allege shortly after joining or renewing key benefits they were promised were no longer available. With the mounting lawsuits, in general, they detail a series of back and forth communications with JetSmarter employees as benefits were being changed, and after failing to receive a refund or satisfactory solution, in each case, the members decided to take JetSmarter to court.

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