Delta Air Lines to stop blocking middle seats from May 1

On Wednesday Delta Air Lines said it will stop blocking seats on its planes starting May 1, the last U.S. airline to end the pandemic – era policy as more travellers returns to the skies.

In April near the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Delta first started blocking middle seats and limiting capacity on smaller planes. Other airlines had similar policies, including Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines, but they have since gone back to selling all seats.

In aeroplanes physically distancing passengers is extremely difficult. delta and other carriers have repeatedly said filtration systems and intense cleaning make it unlikely that travelers will catch Covid-19 on a plan. But Delta said many travelers choose Delta over other airlines because it kept its policy in place.