Southwest Promises to Block Middle Seats Through September, Announces Mask Policy

By Paul Riegler on 17 June 2020
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Southwest Airlines employees, wearing masks, at LaGuardia Airport

Southwest Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on its aircraft through at least the end of September.

In addition, the airline introduced what it termed a Customer Health Declaration that requires passengers to acknowledge that the airline requires passengers to wear face masks and to confirm that they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 nor have they been diagnosed with, or exposed to someone with the virus in the 14 days prior to travel.  A passenger must also confirm that he does not have a fever on the day of travel.

On Monday, seven major U.S. airlines, including Southwest, jointly announced that they will strengthen their policies that require passengers to wear face masks while on board the aircraft,

Only one U.S. airline has announced what the repercussions of non-compliance with policies requiring passengers to wear masks might be. United late Monday said that a passenger who does not comply with the airline’s mask policy when onboard a flight will be placed on an internal travel restriction list that will result in the loss of travel privileges on the airline.

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