Southwest Will Stop Blocking Middle Seats Ahead of Holiday Travel

Southwest will stop blocking middle seats aboard its aircraft in December, the airline’s CEO said on Thursday.

“This practice of effectively keeping middle seats open bridged us from the early days of the pandemic, when we had little knowledge about the behavior of the virus, to now,” Gary C. Kelly, Southwest’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer,said in a statement. “Today, aligned with science-based findings from trusted medical and aviation organizations, we will resume selling all available seats for travel beginning December 1, 2020.”