This is where it gets difficult. To offer the low fares travelers have come to expect, airlines rely on being able to sell as many seats on a flight as possible to spread out the costs. But to help assure passengers during the COVID-19 emergency, some airlines are making adjustments to try to encourage social distancing. All airlines require passengers, except young children, to wear face coverings that fit snugly over a person’s nose and mouth.
The following is a rundown of the measures implemented by the airlines at TUS:
Alaska Airlines Travel Safety From Masks to Cleaning
Alaska is limiting ticket sales and blocking seats on flights through November 30. Families who wish to be seated together using blocked seats can request to do so. Passengers who refuse to comply with the face covering requirement will be issued a warning that could result in being prohibited from future flights. Passengers are also required to complete a health agreement at check-in.
Allegiant Air Going the Distance for Health and Safety
Allegiant is not limiting capacity but crew members may reseat passengers to provide as much distancing as possible. Upon boarding, passengers are offered a personal safety kit that includes a single-use face mask and sanitizing wipes. Passengers with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering are required to present documentation from a medical doctor to the gate agent at least one hour prior to departure. Passengers are also required to complete a health check form at check-in.
American Airlines Coronavirus Travel Updates
American is not limiting capacity but passengers may change seats after boarding is complete to achieve better distancing. American’s face covering requirement begins from the time the passenger enters the airport, through their entire flight and until they leave the airport at their destination. Passengers are also required to complete a coronavirus symptom checklist at check-in.
Delta Air Lines Travel Update Center
Delta is limiting capacity through at least January 6 to no more than 75% of capacity by blocking middle seats on larger aircraft and some aisle seats on smaller aircraft without three abreast seating. Passengers with a health condition they believe prevents them from wearing a face covering are asked to reconsider their decision to fly or they will be required to undergo a “Clearance to Fly” medical phone consultation with a representative of STAT-MD. The private virtual consultation is facilitated by Delta as part of the flight check-in process and requires passengers to arrive at the airport an hour earlier than normal to complete the process. In addition to children under the age of 2, unaccompanied minors are exempt from the face mask requirement.
Frontier Committed to You
Frontier is not limiting capacity on aircraft but is conducting temperature checks of passengers and crew members using touchless thermometers. Only those with a temperature reading below 100.4° Fahrenheit are allowed to board. Passengers are also required to complete a health acknowledgement form.
Southwest Airlines Steps to Ensure Your Safety
Through at least November 30, Southwest is limiting the number of tickets sold on each flight to allow for the middle seat to remain open. In keeping with its open seating policy Southwest will allow families traveling together to use the middle seat. Southwest permits neck gaiters if they can be secured under the chin. At check-in Southwest passengers must complete a health declaration form.
Sun Country Airlines Safety Updates
Sun Country is not limiting capacity but is blocking selection of middle seats during the reservations process. Middle seats may be assigned at the airport. Families traveling together who wish to use a middle seat may request to do so. Sun Country’s minimum age requirement for wearing a face covering is 6. As part of the booking process, passengers are advised they will be required to complete a pre-travel health assessment at check-in that includes acknowledging they will wear a face covering. Passengers who believe they cannot answer yes to the questions are required to contact Sun Country in advance of their flight.
United Airlines What We’re Doing to Keep Customers and Employees Safe
United is not limiting capacity, but requires passengers to complete a “Ready to Fly” health checklist wear a face covering from the time they enter their departing airport, through the flight until leaving the destination airport. Passengers who believe they have extraordinary circumstances that prevent them from wearing a face covering must reach out to United in advance to see if they can be accepted to fly.