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Delta to block middle seats through March

Delta to block middle seats through March
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Delta is extending its commitment to blocking middle seats on flights through March 2021, the airline announced on Wednesday. 

Delta announced in August it would block middle seats until January 2021 in order to socially distance customers flying during the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline noted in its announcement on Wednesday that blocking middle seats into spring 2021 provides added confidence and reassurance for customers booking travel for the future. 

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“Several independent studies have validated the effectiveness of the Delta CareStandard’s multi-layered protection, like advanced ventilation and an extensive cleaning regimen, which together significantly reduce the risk of flight-related transmission,” Bill Lentsch, Delta chief customer experience officer, said in a statement.

He added, “However, we recognize some customers are still learning to live with this virus and desire extra space for their peace of mind. We are listening and will always take the appropriate steps to ensure our customers have complete confidence in their travel with us.”

Delta, which requires passengers wear masks on flights, is also offering no change fees for U.S. domestic tickets, excluding basic economy fares.

Southwest Airlines plans to resume filling middle seats in December and other airlines like United and American currently do not block middle seats.