I "heart" SWA, but this continued decision to fill the middle seat of planes at the time when Covid-19 pandemic cases is breaking my "heart". While it is recommended that people reduce their travel plans during the holiday season, there are some necessary travel situations during the December months - students returning home from colleges across the country, as an example. People literally have to touch one another when sitting next to each other on a plane (more or less depending on the size of the person in each seat). People will need to turn their heads to speak to the flight attendant, reach across to receive snacks and water, and will need to get up to go to the restroom. Masks come down when drinking water and eating snacks. The risk is just too high right now to open the middle seat. Getting through the holiday season and/or waiting for the vaccine to be readily available should be considered, rather than selecting Nov 30th as the transition date. I agree with a previous comment: raise the prices temporarily to recoup the funds lost by filling the middle seats. Please reconsider this decsion.
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