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Delta Extends Middle Seat Blocks, Offers Vaccinations to Older Employees

Continuing their commitment to safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Air Lines will continue to be the only carrier to block middle seats from being booked. In addition, the airline will also offer vaccines to their Atlanta-based employees out of their airport facilities and flight museum.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Delta Air Lines is continuing their commitment to safe travel by protecting both passengers and their employee corps. The airline announced they would continue to block middle seats through April 2021, while offering vaccines to their senior employees.

Delta Becomes Only Airline to Block Middle Seats Into 2021

In a press release, the Atlanta-based airline announced they would be the only airline to continue making middle seats unavailable for booking. The policy extension will continue through April 30, 2021.

“We want our customers to have complete confidence when traveling with Delta, and they continue to tell us that more space provides more peace of mind,” Bill Lentsch, chief customer experience officer for Delta, said in a press release. “We’ll continue to reassess seat blocking in relation to case transmission and vaccination rates, while bringing back products and services in ways that instill trust in the health and safety of everyone on board – that will always be Delta’s priority.”

Ensuring social distancing for passengers isn’t the only measure the airline is taking to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the carrier is also making plans to help their employees get vaccinated.

Under the plan, Delta will use their space at Concourse C of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which has been closed down due to a lack of passenger traffic since the start of the pandemic. The Delta Flight Museum, which is also part of the airline’s campus, will serve as an alternate vaccination site.

The goal is to vaccinate Delta’s employees who are 65 and older, with a campaign running through Valentine’s Day. From there, the airline will continue to offer vaccination to younger employees under Georgia state guidelines.

Although airline employees have not yet been placed in a nationwide priority list, Delta chief executive Ed Bastian told his workers they are working with health officials to get them further up the line.

Airlines Continue to Offer Plans to Support Employee Safety

Delta’s plan comes as other airlines are working to keep employees safe as the pandemic continues. United Airlines also debated starting a mandatory employee vaccination plan, but says they would need the support of other companies to make it happen.

Alan John February 15, 2021

Delta should be commended for their commitment to blocking middle seats. Looking forward to flying Delta International again.