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Delta Airlines just announced new boarding procedures in order to fight against the spread of coronavirus.
They will have a new boarding order that allows passengers in the back of the plane to board first.
The idea is that if you allow people to board in the back of the plane first, there will be less contact between passengers since they won’t have to walk down the aisle of multiple rows of passengers.
As for first class passengers, Delta One and First Class passengers, as well as Diamond Medallion members, can continue to be able to board whenever they choose.
I understand the need for keeping first class passengers satisfied but it does seem to kind of defeat the purpose of it by allowing them to still board first if they want to.
But still, the first class sections are so small in a lot of planes that it probably will not be that big of a deal. Plus, some first class passengers may not want to board until the very end anyways (although with closed lounges that might not be the case any longer).
The next policy that they are changing is forcing passengers to remain seating in the waiting area until their row is called for boarding. This will prevent groups of people congregating close together as they await to enter the plane, although changes have already been made to help with that.
These measures will be in place at least through May 31.
Given that air travel is down by some estimations about 96% and that these are temporary changes, I don’t see them causing a huge disruption. Plus, it’s likely that most people will be pretty understanding when it comes to why these policies are being put in place.
Other measures that have been taken include things like flight attendants wearing masks and extra sanitization techniques including spray fogging.
It will be interesting to see which policies stay around after things begin to die down because I feel like many passengers will only feel comfortable flying if they know that extra efforts are being made for things like plane sanitization.
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