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Delta Extends Middle Seat Blocking Through April 2021


Delta has blocked middle seats and reduced the number of customers on board each flight since April 2020 and now announces the extension of its commitment.

Delta is continuing its industry-leading commitment to provide more space on board as the only U.S. airline to block middle seats and limit capacity on all flights departing through April 30, 2021, ensuring customers can confidently plan and book their spring travel. 

The airline has consistently listened to its customers and prioritized their preferences by offering more space through seat blocking and reducing the overall number of people on board each flight since April 2020. 

“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,” said Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer. “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.”

  • On aircraft with middle seats: Delta will block the selection of middle seats in Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin for parties of 1-2. Parties of 3+ can continue selecting seats together.
  • On aircraft without any middle seats: Delta will block the selection of one aisle of seats on smaller aircraft.
  • Blocking adjacent seats in First Class.* 
  • Limiting the total number of passengers on board.
  • On select routes where customer demand is high, Delta will look for opportunities to upgrade to larger aircraft or add more flying to promote space on board.
  • Boarding by row, starting from the rear of the aircraft to the front. Delta One, First Class and Diamond Medallion customers may board at any point during the boarding process.
  • Tip: Blocked, occupied, available and unavailable seats are visible for every flight in our seat maps when booking, in  My Trips, or on the Fly Delta app. Check the seat map as the seat adjacent to yours may be occupied.

* Delta One cabins with two aisles will have no capacity limitation. Parties of 2 in the First Class cabin and in any Delta One cabin with one aisle may select seats together.


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