The Covid-19 pandemic affected all sectors of the economy and passenger transport and tourism and was one of those who suffered the most. To provide security for their customers, the airlines took several measures, including not booking the central seat, but slowly, companies are filling these seats again.
According to Thrillist, Delta Air Lines, that in October had announced that it would keep the middle seat empty until sometime in the first half of 2012, now committed to continuing blocking it off until March 30.
This means the airline is extending its safety practices longer than any other major US airline.
The news will be a relief to passengers, who are planning to travel for the holiday season but are scared to not maintain the recommended social distance. As most airlines have been booking the middle seat again, there are increasingly limited options for those who remain cautious, amidst the rise in Covid-19 cases nationwide.
Airlines like Southwest, JetBlue, and Hawaiian all plan to unblock middle seats before Christmas.
“Several independent studies have validated the effectiveness of the Delta CareStandard’s multi-layered protection, like advanced ventilation and an extensive cleaning regimen, which together significantly reduce the risk of flight-related transmission,” said Bill Lentsch, chief customer experience officer, in a statement. “However, we recognize some customers are still learning to live with this virus and desire extra space for their peace of mind. We are listening and will always take the appropriate steps to ensure our customers have complete confidence in their travel with us.”