Middle seats to remain off-limits on Alaska, JetBlue

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Middle seats to remain off-limits on Alaska, JetBlue
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Alaska and JetBlue have both extended middle seat blocking into October.

Alaska will block middle seats through Oct. 31, while JetBlue will offer the same physical distancing guarantee through at least Oct. 15. Both carriers still allow for use of middle seats for larger parties that choose to sit together.

The extensions were part of larger announcements by both carriers Wednesday related to Covid-19 safety and flexibility policies. Beginning Aug. 7, Alaska will no longer make exceptions to its policy that all customers over age 2 must wear a facial covering in the airport and on planes. JetBlue will make a similar change on Aug. 10. The moves follow other large U.S. airlines, which have previously ended mask exemptions even for medical reasons while also requiring masks at touchpoints within the terminal.

Also, JetBlue has extended its waiver of change and cancellations fees for new bookings through Oct. 15. Alaska is offering similar flexibility on tickets purchased through Sept. 8.

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