Update 11/12/20: JetBlue has announced
- Through December 1, 2020. Onboard capacity is capped at 70%
- December 2 – January 7: Onboard capacity is capped at 85%
- January 8, 2021: No capacity caps
Update 10/22/20: Southwest will stop blocking middle seats starting on December 1, 2020. Southwest says this decision was made due to scientific findings that state seat blocking is not necessary.
Update 8/20/20: Delta will continue to block middle seats through at least January 6, 2021.
Original post (6/4/20): Delta has announced that it will continue to block middle seats through September 30th, 2020 due to COVID-19. For planes in a 2×2 configuration some aisle seats will be blocked. In addition seating caps will be as follows: 50% in First Class; 60% in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+, and Delta Premium Select; and 75% in Delta One. I’m surprised more airlines aren’t doing the same, this surely helps with consumer confidence when flying and most plane loads have been low enough that this doesn’t make a real difference in terms of revenue.