Delta Air Lines has announced an extension of its policy of middle seats blocking till January 6th, 2021.
The Atlanta based airline as well as several other airlines adopted the policy to enable social distancing and reduce number of passenger onboard amid the COVID19 pandemic. Delta previously announced the policy would be in place till September but decided to extend the policy.
“Medical experts, including our own partners at Emory Healthcare, agree—more distance on board makes a difference,” Delta’s chief customer experience officer Bill Lentsch said in a statement.
“We believe that taking care of our customers and employees and restoring confidence in the safety of air travel is more important right now than filling up every seat on a plane. We’ll continue taking a thoughtful, layered approach ensuring customers know to expect the highest standard of care as they prepare for their holiday travels.”
Delta said it will “continue to look for opportunities to upsize to a larger aircraft type or add more flights.” That includes asking customers to continue wearing masks or face coverings in airports and on flights through the holiday season. Customers who claim that they have an underlying condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are required to complete a “Clearance-To-Fly” form before being permitted to travel.