JetBlue just extended its seat blocking policy all the way through October 15. Previously, the policy was valid through September 8, but with coronavirus far from under control, the airline decided it was best to extend the policy to give its customers greater peace of mind.
While social distancing isn't the only way to combat the spread of the virus, it certainly helps, and it definitely is not the only thing that JetBlue is doing. JetBlue was the first airline to require that all passengers wear face masks. JetBlue has a program called Safety from the Ground Up. Not only are passengers required to wear masks when they are on the plane, but they also must wear them while checking in and boarding. The airline is also doing its best to keep crew members safe by requiring constant temperature checks and providing disinfectant kits, among other things.
JetBlue isn't the only airline to take social distancing seriously. Alaska Airlines also extended its policy of blocking middle seats all the way through the end of October. The only exception is for families who are traveling together.
While airlines are blocking middle seats, they are also becoming more strict when it comes to requiring customers to wear face masks for the most part of their journey, except when eating or drinking. Just last month, Delta began clamping down on travelers who refused to wear a mask. Next week, JetBlue will also start refusing to carry passengers who don't wear a mask. Alaska now also has the same policy as of today, August 7. Both JetBlue and Alaska will provide masks free of charge for those who didn't bring one. Both airlines said that they will be strict with enforcement.
Delta is also blocking middle seats through the end of September, though this could be further extended if the situation calls for it. Like JetBlue, Delta also prohibits masks with vents or exhalation valves.