"We had something just go over the top of us that — I hate to say this — looked like a long, cylindrical object," reported the pilot in a radio transmission.
American Airlines ferried passengers from Miami to New York on the first flight.
The nation’s air safety agency allows the jet to resume flying after two years of review since a pair of deadly crashes.
The airline lifted its capacity from 85% to 100% as of July 1 and also got criticized by CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield and Dr. Anthony Fauci earlier this week.
The CEO of Airlines for America reportedly dismissed concerns that full flights will help spread coronavirus, saying they're no more dangerous than grocery stores.
Flight attendants unions say the coronavirus requirement should be federally mandated, not left up to individual airlines.
The nation’s biggest airlines, including Delta and American, have come to a tentative agreement with the Treasury Department after days of tense negotiation.
Ed Bastian tried to calm the battle over reclining airplane seats, but only served to ratchet it up sky high.
Ed Bastian wades into the debate fueled by the viral video of a woman reclining on a flight and a man repeatedly punching the back of her seat.
In a video, the man repeatedly jabs at the back of the seat. On Twitter, a debate ensued about airplane etiquette.