MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Air travel though still anemic is showing signs of life and airlines that were stressing social distancing are taking a second look at selling tickets for middle seats.
Airline analyst Seth Kaplan says, “They are just doing the math and betting that there are few enough people that care that much that this is going to work out for them.”READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 5,520 New Cases, 9 Deaths Reported On Sunday
American Airlines, which requires masks on all flights announced Friday that it will stop blocking middle seats on July 1st.
“Requiring masks does not cost the airlines money maybe a few cents, where blocked middle seats cost the airlines a lot of money,” adds Kaplan.READ MORE: Former President Trump Targets McConnell, Pence During Speech To GOP Donors
Kaplan says: “I have no doubt that there are people that book Delta or Southwest because they are blocking middle seats, but how many people? Is it enough people that it works out financially those airlines to go without that ticket revenue for the middle seats?
The International Air Transportation Association questions the value of social distancing claiming “masks along with high-efficiency filters prevent the circulation of microbes in the passenger jet cabins.”
Kaplan says, “An airline like American though, in better shape than some other airlines around the world, not as good a shape as Delta and Southwest, saying ‘hey we got to get as much money as we can by selling as many seats as we can.’”MORE NEWS: ‘Work Gyms’ Helping Remote Employees Be More Productive
American Airlines will allow without costs to rebook a more open flight, so the passenger will be comfortable taking to the air.