Delta Will Continue Blocking Middle Seats Through March 31, 2021

Update 11/18/20: Delta has announced it will continue blocking middle seats until March 31, 2021.

Update 11/6/20: Due to the JetBlue policy change you can now request a full refund by using this form. Flights must have been booked by 11/13/20. Hat tip to Dans Deals

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 9/16/20: Southwest will continue to block middle seats through at least November 30, 2020. 

Update 8/20/20: Delta will continue to block middle seats through at least January 6, 2021.

Update 7/27/20: Southwest will continue to block middle seats through at least October 31st, 2020.

Update 6/14/20: Southwest will also continue to block middle seats through at least September 30th, 2020.

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.

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Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

It actually makes paying for BE worth it if you aren’t checking a bag or have a Delta card and need to check a bag.

Paul
Paul

Good on Delta. Blocking middle seats will make me more likely to choose an airline over others.

Mitchell
Mitchell

I hope they never open the middle seat back up. I didn’t know those cabins could feel so spacious.

Jack Jones
Jack Jones

The same Delta flight is more than double the price of a United flight. So while they are keeping the middle seat empty, they are just charging you for 2 seats.

escot
escot

The Frontier Airlines CEO has all along been pushing the claim that flying their airline is as safe as can be, (safer than say, eating at a restaurant), that no one has proved anyone caught Covid while flying on the Frontier Airlines cattle cars…. His emails to (former) customers are filled with “Harvard says,…” and “according to Harvard….” (one wonders no doubt who funded this or that Haaaavard study by which he so brazenly relies)

How by the way, would one “prove” they caught covid while flying a Frontier cattle car? (anybody so claiming no doubt would get sued…. cuz they couldn’t prove it. Reminds me of the time I came down with bad case of pneumonia after flying a drafty United flight to Europe…. (couldn’t prove it of course, but all I know is I was well before the flight, and in bed the whole time I was in Austria)

Frontier positions itself somewhere far, far to the right of Trump…. (and newsmax) and he gets away with it, no push back, few questions anywhere….

GoPack
GoPack

Ah yes, just as COVID cases have hit their highest mark, time to cram more people together in seats where they can’t help but touch each other…

Capitalism kills

iahphx
iahphx

Or does ignorance kill? You don’t like capitalism, and you don’t like airlines filling middle seats, but there is ZERO scientific evidence that putting people in middle seats makes any difference whatsoever in the safety of passengers. Middle seats are a lot like masks: they make some people FEEL safer, but don’t do anything to improve public health. The reality of air travel is either it’s reasonably safe or it’s not reasonably safe. Fortunately, the evidence so far indicates it’s safe. Whether anyone sits next to you almost certainly makes no differenc.e

Joe
Joe

So the primary method of transmission is from being within 6′ of someone for an extended period of time. If your flight is completely full including middle seats, there are potentially 8 people who may be within that range of you. If middle seats are removed, the most you can have inside that distance is 5 (assuming you’re on the aisle- you have 2 people across the aisle (staggered rows), one in front, one behind and the person on the window)

I’m not saying 5 vs 8 is the difference between getting it and not getting it. I’m just saying that I can understand why scientists haven’t done any studies to determine if less exposure is better than more exposure.

Jenny
Jenny

I wish Delta offered good value for last-minute redemption.

Şukriye Anaëlle
Şukriye Anaëlle

Pass the COVID to the left to the left and pass the COVID to the right to the right

slowbrake
slowbrake

I guess this is from the Oct 8th IATA meeting?

The criticisms are pretty big, IMO not enough to disagree with the decisions – but huge holes.

– 154 people flying with Covid, most without masks infected 44 others up to 6 rows behind them.
– The CDC knows of 1600 people who flew with Covid and hasn’t announced how many they infected.
– The airlines haven’t released how many crew members have caught it/exposed others and that impact.

And there is no testing afterwards. The ‘even if we missed 90% of the infections it’s safe’ doesn’t inspire confidence.

Hans
Hans

When there is someone on the other side of Pacific to blame, why should we blame capitalism?

zzz
zzz

Delta logo needs to be changed to southwest – this article is not about delta

WN737
WN737

About damn time

Danny
Danny

This is a policy you’re in favor of?

Bob
Bob

Why does it matter what he’s in favor of? Everyone has a right to make their own choice. Nobody is forcing you onto a Jet Blue flight.

GoPack
GoPack

This comment makes no sense

escot
escot

and will you be flying your mother in the middle seat?