As Americans slowly return to flying, airlines are dropping a number of the changes they made early within the pandemic.Southwest Airlines has gone back to boarding passengers in many 30. During the pandemic, it restricted boarding to 10 passengers at a time to make more room between them.
Airline spokeswoman Brandy King said that the change went into effect on March 15. She said that when Southwest started boarding in smaller groups last May, face masks weren’t as common, and other people were just getting familiar with social distancing publicly places.
Southwest and a number of other other airlines that when blocked middle seats now sell out flights if they will . The last holdout is Delta Air Lines, which has extended empty middle seats through April 30.
A search of Delta flights in May showed middle seats purchasable . A Delta spokesman said the airline hasn’t decided whether to increase the middle-seat ban, and if it does, passengers in middle seats are often moved to window and aisle seats.
Many airlines also are bringing back snacks and drinks after halting service last year to limit contact between flight attendants and passengers. Some, but not all, have resumed selling alcohol —Southwest remains dry; other airlines vary service by flight length and whether passengers are in first-class.
Tuesday marked the 13th straight day that quite 1 million passengers went through U.S. airport checkpoints, consistent with the Transportation Security Administration. Traffic remains down about half from an equivalent period in 2019, however.
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