Frontier Airlines passengers must pay extra to socially distance on flights

May 5 2020, 1:29 pm

Passengers onboard budget carrier Frontier Airlines flights will have to pay extra if they want to ensure that they are correctly socially and physically distancing when they travel.

The Denver-based airline unveiled a new offer on Monday called the “More Room” seat assignment, which allows passengers to book their journey with a confirmed empty middle seat next to them.

The offering comes just days after the company announced its new mandatory requirement for passengers to wear face masks on all flights starting May 8.

“While we believe the best measure to keep everyone healthy is to require face coverings, for those who want an empty seat next to them for extra peace of mind or simply additional comfort, we are now offering ‘More Room.’” CEO of Frontier, Barry Biffle, said in a press release.

To opt-in for the seat, passengers are required to pay a little extra, with prices starting at USD $39 per passenger, per flight through the Frontier Airlines website when booking their tickets, managing a booking, or when checking in, “subject to availability.”

“Flights departing May 8 through August 31, 2020, will have 18 More Room seats available for passengers to select,” the press release explains. Such seating includes “Stretch seats” in the first three rows of the cabin, which provide additional legroom and recline, unlike their standard seats.

The release continues that Frontier Airlines will announce at a later time if the offering will be extended past August 31.

On top of the protocol that makes it mandatory for passengers to wear face masks, Frontier has also rolled out a program that requires passengers to complete a “health acknowledgement” before finishing the check-in process.

Through the acknowledgement, passengers must confirm that neither they or anyone that they live with has experienced coronavirus-related symptoms in the last two weeks.

Additionally, passengers must comply with checking their temperature prior to going to the airport and agree not to travel should they have a fever.

The health acknowledgement also requires passengers to agree to wash their hands or to sanitize before boarding.