Can both of these pandemic-era airline ‘facts’ be true at the same time?
- The last airlines to block seats are Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines (premium coach seats only). Delta stops blocking middle seats on May 1. Alaska’s blocking runs through May 31. Blocking middle seats was unnecessary with downward airflow, HEPA air filtration, and masking anyway.
- Airlines can’t serve meals up front, or sell food or alcoholic beverages in economy, because it’s important to limit contact between flight attendants and passengers for employee safety (and even sometimes block seats for flight attendant protection, too).
I’ll leave it to you to solve for the equilibrium.