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Delta Practicing Social Distancing by Loading 1st Class Passengers Last


Delta passengers who shell out more money for premium seats might not feel they’re getting first-class treatment these days. In an effort to comply with social distancing guidelines, the airline has begun loading planes from back-to-front. The new boarding regimen means first-class flyers — who, traditionally, have been seated before coach passengers — take their seats last. While the revamped process has resulted in a few complaints, Delta officials say they’re doing it to “to support social distancing and reduce the instances of customers needing to pass by one another to reach their seat.” At least annoyed first-class passengers can take comfort in knowing it won’t last forever. The current plan is to continue the process through May 31st, Delta executives say. However, that date may change depending on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, they add.

Does it make more sense to go back-to-front anyway?

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