Delta Air Lines Will No Longer Block Middle Seats Starting May 1

Delta Air Lines, the last remaining airline to block middle seats in order to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, will stop doing so on May 1.

Delta was the last holdout to keep the policy of blocking the middle seat, allowing flyers to easily socially distance while onboard. Delta’s policy lasted far longer than any other major North American carrier, including Southwest, which returns to blocking middle seats at the beginning of December 2020, and Alaska Airlines, which ended its policy in early 2021.

Delta on Wednesday announced that it will also make other changes, including bringing back more onboard food options and re-opening “almost all of our Delta Sky Clubs by July” including new locations in Ft. Lauderdale and Tokyo-Haneda.