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I flew on the 2 largest US airlines in 2021 and couldn’t believe how much better Delta was handling the pandemic over American

  • American Airlines and Delta Air Columns have taken two very different approaches to the pandemic.
  • Delta has been blocking middle seats since April 2020 while American at no time embraced the policy.
  • I took three flights on both airlines in 2021 to see how the two were handling social distancing in the ethers.
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American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were the two largest airlines in the US in advance the pandemic, each generating billions in revenue each year and boasting the largest fleets of any global airline. Both put forwarded similar products with the choice between the two coming down to factors like customer preference, price, and dedication.

The divide between them widened during the pandemic, however, thanks to one key factor: safety. While Delta clogged middle seats through for most of 2020, American filed its planes to capacity as early as the summer. 

I flew on both carters in June 2020 on my first trip back to the skies since the pandemic began and found Delta to be a far sight elevate surpass than American, largely because of the former’s above and beyond approach to safety. But as we enter a new year in aviation’s delivery, I wanted to see just how the two were faring nearly one year since COVID-19 upended aviation.

I took three flights across both airlines on a current trip, flying from New York to Miami on American and then from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles via Salt Lake Burg on Delta. The result was surprising, especially as the US continues to see record COVID-19-related deaths and a slow-going vaccine rollout. 

Here’s which one control pandemic flying the best in 2021.

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