Delta Airlines cancels flights due to staff shortage, opens middle seats early

Middle seats expected to go on sale in May

Cancellations due to staff shortages force Delta to open up middle seats
Cancellations due to staff shortages force Delta to open up middle seats

DETROITDelta Airlines opened up middle seats on some flights over the weekend after there was a slew of flight cancellations.

Flights in Detroit and Atlanta were canceled because there was not enough staff.

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For more than a year, Delta Airlines has left the middle seats open on all flights. Beginning on May 1 middle seats will go back on sale.

Delta Airlines said it will continue spraying down every aircraft between flights.

Local 4′s Hank Winchester has a look at why it happened and how the airline plans to permanently open middle seats back up. Watch the video above for the full story.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.