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Southwest Airlines will keep its middle seats policy through Halloween. What about Thanksgiving?

Southwest Airlines has some good news for those who want to travel on Thanksgiving weekend.

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In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo a Southwest plane departs Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines reported large second-quarter losses on Thursday, July 23, 2020, as expected, and warned that the recovery in air travel that began in April has stalled as coronavirus cases surge again in the U.S. American posted a loss of more than $2 billion, and Southwest lost $915 million.

A Southwest plane departs Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., onSept. 9, 2019.

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Southwest Airlines said this week that it will leave middle seats open through November, continuing a policy created during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The company will keep middle seats open through Nov. 30, 2020.
  • Face masks will be required at all times.
  • Physical distancing will be required in airports and on the aircrafts, too.
As we transition into autumn and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season, we want Southwest Customers to have the confidence of knowing that middle seats will remain open through Nov. 30 to accommodate their fall travel plans, said Ryan Green, Southwest’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Southwest has been operating flights with middle seats open throughout the summer and has added thousands of flights to in-demand destinations to provide extra seats for on-board physical distancing and added comfort.

Southwest Airlines has not revealed how many passengers the airline has banned due to its face mask policy, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

The airlines made headlines for requiring a mask that fits snugly on the face and covers your nose and mouth, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

People without those masks could receive one from Southwest, though.