During the coronavirus pandemic, airlines were hit hard and as a way to put the safety of customers and employees first, they were blocking the middle seat as a way to enforce social distancing. If you're planing on traveling this holiday season, just keep in mind that some airlines have decided to unblock the middle seats. You can see the full list below of all the airlines that are blocking middle seats and the airlines that are NOT blocking middle seats.
American Airlines: Not Blocking Middle Seats
American Airlines no longer blocks off the middle seat and allows planes to fly completely full. AA says it will instead alert passengers when their flights are getting full during the check-in process, giving them the chance to switch, free of charge, if their flight is eligible.
Delta Air Lines: Middle Seats Blocked Until The End Of March
Delta announced it would continue to block the selection of middle seats through at least March 30, 2021.
If you are a party of one or two people, you cannot buy a middle seat, but if you are a party of three or more, you can buy the middle seat if you wish to sit next to your travel companions.
For planes without middle seats, Delta will block one aisle of seats.
JetBlue: Not Blocking Middle Seats
JetBlue said it will keep flights under 70% full through Dec. 1, 2020. This means some seats will be blocked, but it is not guaranteed that this will include the middle seat next to you. From Dec. 2, 2020, to Jan. 7, 2021, JetBlue will bump capacity to 85% of available seats, then resume selling all available seats on Jan. 8, 2021.
Southwest Airlines: Middle Seats Blocked Until Dec. 1
Southwest announced they will stop blocking middle seats after December 1st. The airline’s blog says Southwest will notify customers two to three days before travel if their flight is booked to a capacity at which middle seats will likely be occupied, and customers will be given the option to change flights at no charge if another is available that is less full.
United Airlines: Not Blocking Middle Seats
United Airlines makes no commitment to blocking off middle seats, but says it will notify customers when “their flight is fairly full” to give them the option to change it.
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