Delta Air Lines to unblock middle seats in May, starting May 1. This is the last US airline to end the Covid-19 policy as more travelers return to flight.
Delta first started blocking middle seats and limiting capacity on smaller planes in April near the start of the pandemic. Other airlines had similar policies, including Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Alaska Airlines, but they have since gone back to selling all seats.
Physically distancing from other passengers is extremely difficult on an airplane. Delta and other carriers have repeatedly said filtration systems and intense cleaning make it unlikely that travelers will catch COVID-19 on a plane. But Delta said many travelers choose Delta over other airlines because it kept its policy in place.