Japan Airlines is practising social distancing on domestic flights by blocking its middle seats until June 30.
A seat map of its Boeing 737 aircraft posted on the airline’s website shows that the carrier has blocked all middle seats in its economy class cabin from being booked and only eight out of 20 seats in Class J (the airline’s business class product) are available for booking. This means customers will not be able to book seats next to each other.
Japan’s flag carrier has joined a number of airlines that have implemented social distancing measures such as leaving middle seats empty in an effort to limit potential contact between passengers.
“To assure ample space between each passenger, please note that our representatives at the airport may ask you to change seats prior to your flight,” the carrier said on its website.
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has asked the airline if it plans on blocking middle seats on its international flights as well. The carrier is operating 6 per cent of its international services in May.
JAL, similar to a number of carriers, is also requiring passengers to wear a face mask when traveling on its flights as part of its safety measures amid the coronavirus crisis.
“While we understand the need for travel, any customer feeling under the weather is asked to refrain from boarding the flight. If any symptoms appear, consult your physician prior to taking the flight,” the carrier said.