The number of U.S. carriers still guaranteeing some added space will soon be down to just three.
As we head into the holiday travel season, the number of travelers getting back into the skies continues to climb—on October 18, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 1.03 million travelers in a single day, the first time it surpassed 1 million since air travel went into a freefall in mid-March.
While that’s good news for the embattled airline industry, the growing number of passengers could be of concern for travelers who were hoping to have a little extra space between themselves and others to remain socially distant when flying.
If space is important to you, four U.S. airlines are still guaranteeing extra space between passengers. But at the start of December, there will be fewer.
Southwest Airlines recently announced that it will resume selling all available seats for travel beginning on December 1, 2020, which means that as of December, Southwest flights can fly full. Known for its unconventional open-seating policy (fliers do not get assigned seats), Southwest has been limiting the number of seats sold on flights so that passengers could create some distance among them during the coronavirus pandemic.
While Southwest will soon be ending its capacity control policy, Alaska Airlines just extended its policy of blocking middle seats until January 6, 2021—the policy was originally scheduled to expire at the end of November as well.
Which U.S. airlines are still blocking middle seats (and until when)
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