Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through Thanksgiving Travel Period

By Kurt Stolz on 16 September 2020
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Southwest Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on mainline flights and maintain reduced loads on regional flights through at least November 30, 2020 as the travel industry continues to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline reiterated that it will require all passengers over the age of two to wear face masks, with no exceptions.  The mask requirement is in effect at ticket counters, gate areas, and on board the aircraft.

“As we transition into autumn and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season, we want Southwest customers to have the confidence of knowing that middle seats will remain open,” said Ryan Green, the airline’s chief marketing officer.

The airline first began to block middle seats in the spring.  Its policy on blocking middle seats had been set to expire on October 31, which is also when Alaska Airlines’ commitment on middle seats is currently set to end. JetBlue’s policy is currently set to expire on October 15.

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