Airlines Get Rid of Middle Seats and Reduce Food/Beverage Service
Not many people are flying nowadays but there are still flights taking off and some people need to travel for work or personal matters. You should avoid this unless necessary during the coronavirus outbreak. Try to stay home and self isolate in order to keep this virus from spreading and affecting those most vulnerable.
If you are still flying though you might notice some big changes on-board. Major domestic airlines such as Delta Air Lines, Southwest and American Airlines have all announced this week that they are temporarily cutting back on beverage meal service. This is a cost cutting measure and also a necessity for your safety. Airlines are also reassigning seating to avoid travelers sitting next to each other.
Starting March 27th, American Airlines will no longer serve meals in first class on flights shorter than 4.5 hours. Purchases of snacks and food in main cabin have been canceled as well. Beverages will be available upon request only. The airlines will no longer sell alcohol in economy. American is also reassigning seats so travelers don’t have to sit next to someone else. So middle seats will usually be empty, but probably you will have even more space than that as many flights nowadays are nearly empty.
Delta Air Lines is reducing the number of snack offerings to two on domestic and some shorter international flights effective immediately. First class passengers will get boxed meals. Alcoholic drinks will be completely eliminated on-board. The only beverage available to order will be bottled water. First class will no longer have things such as glassware and hot towels either. Additionally Delta Sky Club lounges have cut back food and beverage offerings, stopped shower service and completely closed in most locations.
Southwest has suspended beverage and snack service to limit close public interactions between customers and flight attendants. Canned water will be made available by request only.