Delta Airlines adding new restrictions to flight seating to allow greater social distancing

Posted at 3:27 PM, May 05, 2020

Delta Airlines will begin blocking certain aisle and window seats on its flights in order to provide additional social distancing for passengers.

The Atlanta-based airline has a strong presence at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and began blocking middle seats from sales in mid-April. The new measures announced Tuesday also will restrict select aisle and window seats.

"When booking your future seat selection via the Fly Delta app or online, blocked seats will be shown as unavailable or not assignable," Delta officials wrote in a May 5 release. "Customers who prefer to be seated directly next to their travel companions or who need additional assistance are encouraged to talk to an agent upon arriving at the gate."

The new seat restrictions mean the airline has capped first-class seating at 50% capacity and 60% capacity for all other sections.

The restrictions will be in place through June 30, unless extended at a later time.