Many U.S. airlines including American, Southwest, United, Delta, Alaska, Frontier and JetBlue have announced passengers must wear masks while flying. USA TODAY

American Airlines came under fire at a Senate hearing Tuesday for its decision to in the name of social distancing beginning Wednesday.

Health officials expressed frustration with the Dallas-based carrier’s move, which was announced last week, during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders asked why why the government has not issued guidelines prohibiting social-distancing violations on flights.

“Why haven’t we stopped that type of activity in both the airlines and bus companies that is unhealthy?” Sanders asked.

“It’s a critical area,”  told the . “When they announced

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