Major US airlines are implementing substantial changes to the few free things passengers still receive on airplanes, including drinks and snacks, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Delta Air Lines, Southwest and American Airlines have all announced this week that they’re temporarily suspending beverage service and cutting meal service as a way to cut costs and reduce the number of items flight attendants touch.
American is making fewer changes on its long-haul flights, of which there are fewer, anyway, because of travel restrictions from other countries. Separately, American has shuttered a number of its pre-flight lounges and is no longer accepting checked pets.
To encourage social distancing policies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American is reassigning seats to customers so they don’t have to sit next to someone else. That means most people will be able to avoid the dreaded middle seat. The changes were made easier because many airlines are flying with only 20% to 30% of seats filled.
Delta Air Lines
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