Delta is looking to assure nervous travelers they are doing everything they can to make flying as germ-free as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Travel+Leisure, Delta has doubled its cleaning staff and is committed to keeping middle seats vacant until 2021.
We don't know who needs to hear this, but we're sanitizing our planes between every flight, every day, everywhere. pic.twitter.com/GMBXMhH8IS
— Delta (@Delta) August 18, 2020
Currently, the airline employs 3 to 5 people to disinfect a plane between flights. According to Travel+Leisure they will increase that number to 8 employees. Delta is also implementing test kits buying ATP test kits to measure bacteria.
According to Forbes, Delta has become the first major airline to extend its middle seat blocking practice until 2021.
More distance on board makes a difference. We’re extending our middle seat blocks and limiting the number of customers on board into January 2021. pic.twitter.com/Pq03YWRjGN
— Delta (@Delta) August 20, 2020
“Medical experts, including our own partners at Emory Healthcare, agree – more distance on board makes a difference,” said Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer in a prepared statement. “We believe that taking care of our customers and employees and restoring confidence in the safety of air travel is more important right now than filling up every seat on a plane. We’ll continue taking a thoughtful, layered approach ensuring customers know to expect the highest standard of care as they prepare for their holiday travels.”