Delta to Block Middle Seats, Cap Seating

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As part of its new health and safety measures amid the pandemic, Delta Air Lines says it is blocking middle seats on all of its flights through Sept. 30. 

All middle seats will either be shown as unavailable or not assignable when travelers make seat selections online. 

The company said it would also be blocking the selection of some aisle seats in planes with 2×2 seating configurations. 

The measures additionally include capping seating in every cabin through Sept. 30. 

That will include a 50 percent cap in first class; a 60 percent cap in the main cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select; and a 75 percent cap in Delta One “to reduce the total number of customers on board.”

For flights where demand is high, the carrier said it would be looking to upsize to larger aircraft  or “add more flying.”

“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,” said Chief Customer Experience Officer Bill Lentsch. “Delta is offering the highest standards in safety and cleanliness so we’re ready for customers when they’re ready to fly again.”

Delta has recently begun relaunching service on select routes to the Caribbean. 

— CJ