@dfwskier Thanks for your opinion on this. I disagree, but your information is a good addition to this conversation. I'm wondering if you could clarify a statistic that I think is a bit misleading in your post... "The chances of dying from COVID-19 contracted on a flight are between 1 in 400,000 and 1 in 600,000 depending on your age and other risk factors. That's according to Arnold Barnett, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has been trying to quantify the odds of catching Covid-19 while flying" With all we now know about the potential for debilitating long term effects from the virus, and the risk of silent carrier's exposing other more vulnerable people, contracting Covid is a much higher risk and more relevent concern than dying from Covid is for most of us. Do you have any statistics to share on the chances of "just" contracting Covid on an airplane?
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As a decades-long customer and big fan of Southwest, I'm stunned by the decision to open up middle seats just in time for the holiday crush, and just as cases are surging again all over the country. It seems totally counterintuitive to me, and out of chracter for the Southwest I've known and loved all these years. I appreciate the critical need to recoup from major losses over these last seven months, but I can't imagine that this is the way to do it. Folks I know are JUST beginning to consider flying again, based on: updated understanding about the air filtration systems onboard airplanes; contaminated surfaces not being quite as risky as originally thought; and until now, safe passenger spacing. SW will undoubtedly lose some business due to cancellations from some of us who booked holiday travel early (to save some money) based on a different set of facts concerning our risks. And for those who've been waiting to book holiday flights out of safety concerns, I'm sure this middle seat decision is not going to tip the scales in Southwest's favor. From a business perspective, this just doesn't add up...
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