[Roundup] Why Airlines Let Sick Passengers On Planes

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  1. I remember getting upgraded coast to coast on American to First Class pre pandemic
    Unfortunately the passenger seated at the window was violently sick sneezing coughing up blood & phlegm so I moved back into coach with the FA permission.She let me know I would forfeit my requested meal if doing so.So I guess she thought I would rather get sick than miss the American Airline $h*t on a shingle 5 star meal.I made a polite request to Advantage customer service upon my return from the East Coast to get my upgrade stickers back and they let me know that once you voluntarily down grade you are simply out of luck.So much for a once in my lifetime request as a lifetime Platinum
    Of course after moving my business elsewhere I suppose they prevailed with their heavy handed policy?They also smashed my new bag tore a hole through the center of it and added insult to injury tore the wheels off on one side
    Of course that was normal wear and tear so they stated

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