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Delta Air Lines CEO on blocking the middle seat on flights

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian says that while data suggests there’s little risk to sitting in the middle row, Delta will block those seats through the winter.

Video Transcript

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ED BASTIAN: Well, we will continue to watch that and make those decisions as we get into the next year. We believe it's safe to sit in the middle seat. That's not a question. It's really a question of consumer confidence, sitting in-- sitting in the middle seat.

And I think when you speak to consumers, if they have an option not to sit in a middle seat and have the middle seat open, that's their clear preference. We saw that in our results in the third quarter, our revenue performance, on a like-for-like basis, was the best in the industry. Even with 40% of our seats not being sold, we had more average passenger revenue at Delta than the main competitors that we go up against.

So it's going to be something we watch and study. We are looking at some probably sometime in the spring to-- to make a determination as to when the right time is to-- to start to sell those middle seats. But they're going to be blocked through the winter.

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