ATLANTA — Have you flown yet? Notice those middle seats empty? Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines now plans to continue that through the end of September.
It’s just some of the steps the airline is taking as it aims to make people feel safe enough to fly in this pandemic.
Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge went to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Thursday where she talked to passengers who say they’re noticing the changes.
One family told Sbarge they welcome the extra precautions Delta’s CEO announced for the summer.
“We're going to see family, grand babies, more precautions the better because then I feel better about when I get there. I'm not bringing something there,” said traveler Marsha Hardison.
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One of the steps includes extending the plan to keep middle seats empty through the end of September.
Delta says it’s also plans to soon start testing all employees for coronavirus and antibodies. So far, 10 Delta employees have died of coronavirus.
Passengers are required to wear masks. The airline also plans to keep capacity at 60 percent in the main cabin through Sept. 30 -- That as they add more flights through the summer.
“They actually gave on the trip a little bit of water and a snack and sanitizer stuff in a bag for everybody,” said traveler Yevette Joyner.
Delta’s CEO says the goal is to have about 40 to 50 percent of their regular flight schedule out of Atlanta’s airport in July.
For the Hardisons, they welcome the safety steps but are also glad to see flights increasing.
“Allows them to start moving forward,” Hardison said.
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