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Delta commits to blocking middle seats through Sept. 30 to stem spread of coronavirus.

Delta commits to blocking middle seats through Sept. 30 to stem spread of Coronavirus.

Delta commits to blocking middle seats through Sept. 30 to stem spread of Coronavirus.
Delta commits to blocking middle seats through Sept. 30 to stem spread of Coronavirus.

Delta Air Airline announced Wednesday that will continue to block  middle seats and cap seating  through the summer to stem the spread of COVID-19.

“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,” Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer, said in a statement.

The middle seats will be indicated as unavailable during the booking process. On some small aircraft, some aisle seats will be blocked. Delta will also cap seats between 50% and 75%, depending on the cabin.

 The executives say the moves are temporary, as permanently removing one-third of seats permanently  would decimate their weak finances, or force them to dramatically raise fares .

These changes come as travel demand increases and travelers find more full flights than expected given the months of headlines on empty flights.

American Airlines will continue to limit the number of customers on each aircraft and may reassign seats to create more space between customers, according to spokesman Ross Feinstein. 

"As more people get back to traveling and loads are higher, American is deploying new tools to notify customers and allow them to move to more open flights when available," he said. 

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