Delta Latest Airline to Reduce In-Flight Service to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

By Kurt Stolz on 25 March 2020
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Lunch on a Delta flight to Havana

Delta Air Lines became the latest airline to announce changes in its in-flight service to reduce the likelihood of spreading the novel coronavirus.

The airline said in a statement that its food and beverages services are being “streamlined” starting immediately in order to “lessen physical touch points on board.”

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines previously announced changes in their respective in-flight service to reduce contact between cabin crew and passengers.

Delta said it is limiting beverage service to bottled water, which will be served without cups or ice.  On flights shorter than 900 miles (1,449 kilometers), the airline will offer a choice of two snacks in coach, while on longer flights in domestic first-class and business-class cabins passengers will get “pre-packaged, non-perishable Flight Fuel boxes” in lieu of the usual meal service.

The Atlanta-based carrier previously said it was no longer provisioning coffee cups, champagne and wine glasses and other glassware on flights in business and domestic first and it also suspended the hot towel service.

In addition to the in-flight changes, the airline is also closing a number of its Sky Club airport lounges, limiting food service at the remaining ones, and discontinuing access to shower suites.

American Airlines announced on Tuesday it was closing all of its Admirals Clubs, although it would maintain some staff at select lounges to assist customers with travel plans.

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