JetBlue to Block Middle Seats on Flights for Safety Program

by | May 20, 2020 | Headlines, News

 From now through the July 4th holiday, JetBlue has announced it block middle seats in rows where parties are not traveling together. 

The airline’s seat distancing policy aims to give customers peace of mind that they will not be seated directly next to someone they don’t know. The policy is part of the airlines’ commitment to seat distancing in its “Safety from the Ground Up” program. 

The airline is also set to roll out temperature monitoring for its flight and inflight crewmembers and electrostatic aircraft fogging in June.

“As communities start to reopen and with summer travel kicking off this weekend, more people are beginning to fly and we want them to feel safe on JetBlue,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “Our program layers together a series of protections throughout the entire travel journey, which work together to help keep everyone safe and well.

Middle seats will be blocked on its Airbus aircraft, and on its smaller Embraer 190 aircraft, JetBlue will block aisle seats. The airline does allow customers traveling together to sit in middle and aisle seats.

“We’re known for generous legroom and space, and now more than ever, those choosing to travel want as much space as possible,” Geraghty said. “We are pleased to extend our efforts to keep seats free and help everyone onboard spread out.”

On May 4, JetBlue was the first U.S. airline to require face coverings for customers. JetBlue will keep the seat distancing program in place through at least July 6.

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