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Which airlines are blocking middle seats for Thanksgiving travel: Southwest, Delta

  • Five US airlines are blocking middle seats or limiting capacity for the Thanksgiving holidays.
  • Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and JetBlue Airways have all committed to blocking seats through turkey day but not all will keep the policy much longer.
  • After Thanksgiving, only two airlines have committed to blocking seats for the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

US airlines are facing a crossroads this holiday season as to whether they should block middle seats or open them booking as a travel-hungry populace ponders a return to the skies to visit family, friends, and relatives.

With the start of the holiday season less than a month away, consumers are looking now to book flights for the Thanksgiving-New Year’s travel period. October saw airlines solidify their plans for turkey day and beyond with some announcing definitive ends to their seat blocking policies. 

Coming off a third-quarter in which some airlines saw billion-dollar losses, opening the seats will allow for much-needed revenue during what is normal the busiest travel season of the year. October 18 saw the first day since March that the US had over one million daily passengers, indicating a willingness for the country to get back in the air.

Those airlines choosing not to extend their middle seat policies are pointing to new scientific findings that show limited signs of spread among passengers that wear masks and low transmission rates among some of the most frequent flyers, flight attendants. High-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters for short, are largely to thank as air is refreshed every few minutes.

Read More: Airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population — and airline CEOs say it’s proof that flying is safe

Critics, however, are skeptical that the studies on which the airlines are basing their decisions, some of which were performed in partnership with United Airlines and Boeing, are reliable, as Business Insider’s David Slotnick reported. The studies, critics say, didn’t account for smaller narrow-body aircraft and passengers taking off their masks to eat and drink. 

Here’s which airlines are keeping the dreaded middle seat blocked this Thanksgiving.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Sky Club Terminal 4 JFK Airport

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-400ER as seen from the Delta Sky Club at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Delta was the first airline to announce it would be blocking middle seats – and some aisle seats on planes without middle seats – into 2021 with the current policy extended until January 6, 2021. Groups of two sitting in a three-seat row will be assigned and aisle and window seat with the middle kept open while groups of three or more can have the entire row. 

The policy won’t likely last forever, or even until the end of 2021. CEO Ed Bastian said that the airline expects to discontinue the policy by mid-2021 as demand increases and Delta hopes to breakeven on its daily operations. 

Business Insider recently toured Delta’s operation at John F. Kennedy International Airport to

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Family Vacation’ Star Pauly DelVecchio Is Blocking Fans Who Do This

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation will return with a new season Nov. 19. Many fans are excited about new episodes of the show, and most have talked about it on social media. But Pauly DelVecchio recently started blocking certain people on Twitter. Find out why DelVecchio is blocking Jersey Shore fans on social media. 

DJ Pauly DelVecchio
DJ Pauly DelVecchio | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Pauly DelVecchio is officially off the market

Thanks to Double Shot at Love Season 2, DelVecchio and Nikki Hall are back together. The two were able to salvage the romance they formed in season 1, regardless of the trauma Hall suffered because of the show. 

“It kind of just happened,” Hall said of her relationship with DelVecchio during the Double Shot at Love reunion special. “Now we get to spend real time with each other on a different type of level altogether,” DelVecchio added. 

‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Season 4 will feature Nikki Hall 

Since she’s an important person in DelVecchio’s life, Hall will join the cast of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation during season 4. This season, the roommates and their families gathered at a Las Vegas hotel to celebrate something big.

What they’re celebrating remains a mystery to fans. Still, many people thought the news could have something to do with DelVecchio and Hall’s relationship. An engagement or a pregnancy announcement, perhaps? 

‘Jersey Shore’ fans think Nikki Hall and Pauly DelVecchio have big news to share 

Since Hall and DelVecchio’s relationship was made public knowledge, many fans have started to speculate what’s next for the couple. 

“What if Pauly and Nikki are getting married and they are filming the weeks leading up to it?” a fan questioned about the new season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on Reddit. “This would be the reason why the DSAL crew went to Vegas?? They could have Nikki ask the DSAL girls to be in her wedding party because MTV is paying for it.”

It wouldn’t be the first time MTV pulled out all the stops to make an engagement happen. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino proposed to and married his wife, Lauren, on the show. Plus, last season ended with Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding drama. 

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, made comments that furthered that fan theory. “I have all the scoop,” Polizzi said during the “Secondhand Embarrassment” episode of her podcast, It’s Happening With Snooki and Joey. “I wish I could say what’s happening because it’s insane. It’s gonna be a good episode, you guys.” 

Fans took this to mean the episode would have something to do with Hall and DelVecchio, either announcing their engagement or pregnancy. Still, regardless of this exciting theory, there are other fans who are disappointed Hall is joining the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast.

Pauly DelVecchio is blocking fans who speak ill of his girlfriend Nikki Hall 

DelVecchio has taken a page out of Hall’s book. Since season 1 of Double Shot at Love, Hall has blocked fans who speak negatively about her on social media. 


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