Nov. 19, 2020 -- Delta Air Lines will continue to block middle seats through March 30, 2021, in an attempt to give travelers some peace of mind during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Wednesday.
According to its news release, Delta is the only U.S. airline to commit to keeping middle seats open and limit the number of passengers through the spring.
“We recognize some customers are still learning to live with this virus and desire extra space for their peace of mind,” said Bill Lentsch, Delta’s chief customer experience officer. “We are listening and will always take the appropriate steps to ensure our customers have complete confidence in their travel with us.”
In September, Southwest Airlines announced that it will start filling every seat beginning Nov. 30. Similarly, JetBlue announced that all seats will be sold starting Jan. 8, 2021. Other major airlines, like United and American, have been selling middle seats since the summer, CNN Travel reports.
In addition to keeping middle seats open, Delta has adjusted its boarding process to keep passengers from coming into unnecessary contact with one another, and all planes now have hand sanitizer stations near the boarding door and bathrooms. Early in the pandemic, Delta announced that all of its flights have industrial-grade HEPA filters, which extract more than 99.99% of particles from the air, including viruses.
Delta also requires masks on all of its flights. In October, the company reportedly added 460 customers to its no-fly lists for refusing to wear a face covering onboard.