by Daniel McCarthy /
Delta Air Lines on Monday announced that it would again extend its policy of blocking the middle seat through at least April 2021, making it the last major U.S. airline to keep the policy in place.
Delta first started the policy in April 2020 and most major airlines matched it. However, over the last few months, most of the others carrier have winded down their policies of blocking the middle seat while Delta has committed to extending it.
According to Delta, the move was made after Delta “listened to its customers and prioritized their preferences.”
“We want our customers to have complete confidence when traveling with Delta, and they continue to tell us that more space provides more peace of mind,” Delta chief customer experience officer Bill Lentsch said.
“We’ll continue to reassess seat blocking in relation to case transmission and vaccination rates, while bringing back products and services in ways that instill trust in the health and safety of everyone on board – that will always be Delta’s priority.”
The policy allows for groups of three to sit together if they choose, but makes sure that the middle seats in Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin are empty. It also includes blocking adjacent seats in First Class.
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