Delta extends middle seat blocking policy
Delta Air Lines will extend its policy of blocking middle seats through March 30, the carrier announced Wednesday.Most other major airlines have stopped blocking middle seats, while Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier in Atlanta, plans to on Dec. 1. Alaska Airlines has pledged to block middle seats through Jan. 6.That makes Atlanta-based Delta the only U.S. airline blocking middle seats into the spring.Airlines say vertical airflow in the airplane cabin with HEPA filtration, along with mask requirements, help reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 among passengers. Southwest Airl...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays
In a year like no other, when indoor gatherings are suspect and family gatherings may be scrapped, who knows what the holidays will bring. Fortunately, people still pondering plans — and yet to buy airline tickets — may not be forced to pay for their delay.The usual rise in holiday airfare prices may look more like a bunny hill than a black-diamond peak this year.“Airlines are not being as punitive with fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s. Fares are higher, depending on days you fly on, but not as egregious as it has been in years past,” said Kyle Potter, executive editor at Th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Airlines say flying is safe in COVID-19 era, but study reveals potential for superspreader disaster
SAN JOSE, Calif. — How risky is it to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?For clues, consider the travel histories of two of the country’s top infectious disease experts, each with parents on the other side of the country. One hasn’t flown since January when the new coronavirus was just emerging as a global threat.The other just flew back to San Francisco after visiting his 90-year-old father in Florida last month — wearing a face shield and removing his medical-grade N-95 respirator mask for just 30 seconds to chug some water and pretzels — and “felt pretty safe” to see everyone else wearing ...
The Mercury News
Commentary: A pandemic trip to Europe was going great — until the return to O'Hare airport
The Department of Homeland Security official scowled at the little clutch of weary passengers, recently disgorged into Terminal 5 of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from Dublin on a hot August Saturday afternoon.“Aer Lingus passengers,” the man barked. “Everyone up against the wall.”I thought I was hearing things. Anger welling, I turned to my son.“You remember all that Aer Lingus did to keep us safe?” I said, “the socially distant boarding, the careful distancing on the plane, the space all around us, our masks, the flight attendants with the wipes? This renders all of that moot.”But w...