At least one airline is resuming some of its pre-pandemic operations.
Southwest Airlines confirmed to Fox News that it has resumed its traditional boarding process. During the pandemic, the airline (which does not assign seats) used a boarding system in which passengers would board in smaller groups of 10. Now, Southwest Airlines is boarding passengers in groups of 30, reports USA Today.
The airline confirmed to Fox News that while it has adjusted its boarding policies, it is still following other pandemic-era practices, such as reminding passengers of social distance when possible and adhering to the federal mask mandate.
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“Southwest is operating with our traditional boarding process,” Southwest Airlines spokesman Dan Landson said in a statement sent to Fox News. “Many Customers are familiar with the standard Southwest shipping style, and the expectation of the normal boarding process was becoming increasingly important as additional Customers returned to travel with us. The change took effect on March 15th. “.
The statement continues: “Of course, Southwest Airlines maintains physical distance reminders in airport areas and encourages social distancing. Additionally, Southwest policy and the federal mask mandate require Customers and Employees to wear face masks at all times. throughout the airport, while boarding and disembarking and on board the aircraft. “