Southwest Extends Middle Seat Blocking to Nov. 30
Travelers aboard Southwest will still be able to practice social distancing onboard Thanksgiving holiday flights.
The airline stated this week that it will ban middle seats in flight cabins until Nov. 30.
Southwest's open-seating arrangements let passengers to choose their seats, but the airline limits the number
of seats per flight to promote social distance. End of October was the empty middle seat policy expiration.
Southwest Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Ryan Green said, "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 through Nov. 30 to
accommodate their fall travel plans." "Southwest has been operating flights with middle seats open throughout the summer and has added
thousands of flights to in-demand destinations to provide extra seats for on-board physical distancing and added comfort."
Southwest will continue to require face masks in the airport and on flights. Airplane cabins are cleaned and disinfected every night and between flights
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