Delta Air Lines doesn’t want passengers getting too close for comfort this frightening season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The carrier loosely overshadowed its competitors Thursday, tweeting a post that apparently targeted other airlines to end policies that would block middle seats in order to create more social distancing.
“A haunted house, but they don’t block the middle seats,” Delta wrote in a tweet.
The gibe came following Southwest Airline’s recent announcement that it would resume reserving middle seats on flights from December 1, after previously capping passenger cabin capacity in May to improve distance in the fight against COVID-19.
Southwest recently drew attention on social media for the policy change, with some critics calling the move “disheartening” and disappointing.
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Southwest, however, is joining major carriers American Airlines and United Airlines in booking intermediate seats. Meanwhile, Delta and Alaska Airlines will continue to block intermediate seats until January 6, 2021, ensuring a little more room for passengers traveling during the once-booming holiday season.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian told Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday that his airline would continue the policy of blocking middle seats until “well into next year,” although he has no specified date on which this could change.
Commercial air travel in the United States has slowly recovered in recent months, surpassing 1 million daily passengers on Sunday for the first time since March.
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For context, however, air travel in October is still down 65% from a year ago, the Associated Press reports. Business travelers, who travel frequently and pay higher rates, are reportedly still mostly absent.
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Jeanette Settembre of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.