CDC Tells Airlines Keep Middle Seats Vacant

Airlines looking for increases in pent-up travel demand.

The airline industry in the U.S. is planning for a big increase in ticket sales as vaccines become available, the weather gets warmer, and people are ready to move on with their lives. The industry was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and they are expecting air travel to come back.

American Airlines has added 150 new routes, both domestic and international. Delta Airlines is planning to reopen middle seats in May. United Airlines is adding 24 new routes by Memorial Day.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a recommendation against it. They released a study from Kansas State University that determines that a vacant middle seat reduces the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  They said the risk of exposure could be reduced by as much as 57 percent if airlines keep middle seats open. While the airlines may be eager to get paying customers back on all seats again, the CDC cautions that it is not the time to get carried away and load as many flyers as possible on planes—not yet.

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Sources: Hot Air, CNBC


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