American Airlines is no longer blocking seats, and all aircraft may be sold to capacity

PALM SPRINGS — At the onset of the pandemic, airlines blocked middle seats and sometimes others to allow for social distancing and for extra space onboard. However, airlines such as American Airlines, which services Palm Springs, have mostly abandoned this safety tactic with the dawn of 2021.

Delta remains the only airline blocking all middle seats through March 30, 2021.

For months, as many Americans were under stay-at-home order, airline passenger loads took a nosedive to levels most of us could have never imagined. More recently, however, many U.S. states have eased restrictions, and an increasing number of travelers are taking to the skies once again.

American Airlines, like many, requires masks for all employees and passengers age two and above are required to wear masks as well, from the time they enter their departure airport to the time they leave the airport upon arrival. American does not permit masks with valves or vents, and customers who refuse to wear a mask or face covering may be banned from flying the airline. American Airlines  encourages customers to bring their own face coverings, though a limited supply of masks may be available at the gate.

As of Jan. 7, 2021, Alaska Airlines is no longer blocking middle seats in regular economy, but the airline will continue to block middle seats in the extra-legroom Premium Class section through May 31, 2021.

All seats are available to purchase on Allegiant flights.

Delta is now the only U.S. airline limiting capacity onboard, and will continue to block all middle seats through at least Mar. 30, 2021.

JetBlue is no longer limiting capacity onboard, however the airline makes it easy to purchase an additional seat for extra personal space, with detailed instructions provided on JetBlue’s website.

Southwest is maintaining its open seating policy, and is no longer limiting the number of seats sold.

Sun Country is selling all flights to capacity.

United is selling all flights to capacity.

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  • Aircraft cabin: Pixaby