Delta Is Blocking Middle Seats Until October

Isabel Garcia
Photo credit: NurPhoto - Getty Images
Photo credit: NurPhoto - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Nobody wants the middle seat on an airplane. It crams you between two people and never seems to guarantee you an armrest. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, middle seats aren't just uncomfortable, they're also a safety concern. So to make more space for summer travelers, Delta Air Lines is extending its policy of blocking the selection of middle seats and capping the number of passengers through September 30.

When selecting seats while booking a flight, middle seats will continue to be shown as unavailable or not assignable. Some aisle seats with two-by-two seating configurations will also be blocked. In First Class and domestic Delta One, seating is capped at 50 percent. In Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+, and Delta Premium Select, seating is capped at 60 percent. In international Delta One, seating is capped at 75 percent. For routes with high customer demand, Delta will try to add more flights or upsize to a larger airplane.

"Reducing the overall number of customers on every aircraft across the fleet is one of the most important steps we can take to ensure a safe experience for our customers and people,” Delta Chief Customer Experience Officer Bill Lentsch said in statement. “Delta is offering the highest standards in safety and cleanliness so we’re ready for customers when they’re ready to fly again.”

Other safety measures Delta is implementing include requiring passengers and employees to wear face masks, installing plexiglass shields at Delta check-in counters, and adding social distance markers at the check-in lobby, gate, and jet bridge.

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