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Will empty middle seats help social distancing on planes?

Social Distancing In Planes

Social Distancing In Planes

As social distancing measures need to be implemented due to the 2020 pandemic and its causes, airlines are examining how this will be impacting flying, once the travel restrictions are eased.

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Will empty middle seats help social distancing on planes?

Will empty middle seats help social distancing on planes?

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Social Distancing In Planes

As social distancing measures need to be implemented due to the 2020 pandemic and its causes, airlines are examining how this will be impacting flying, once the travel restrictions are eased.

Eliminating The Middle Seat

Current guidelines make a good case of eliminating the not-so-favorite middle seat. It was always the least favorite, with no real benefits, unless you’re one of those people who strikes up conversations with their seatmates.

This elimination may be required in the short-term. Airlines are checking on how feasible it is, and whether they can be profitable by flying with a lesser load of passengers, who are slightly farther from each other, but not as much as the distance recommended by WHO, which is two meters (or 6 feet).

Other Measures

  • Having fewer passengers is feasible with the current load factor, but is not a complete solution.
  • Airlines can try out other measures to make travel safer in these unprecedented times, like improved cabin air circulation, better pre-flight screening, cabin sanitizing, masks, and smart seat assignments. One can also look at how the passengers are boarded in the aircraft.
  • Some steps planned are reduced interaction with the flight attendants, with alterations in the way food and beverages are served.

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