The Supreme Court has upheld a Bombay High Court order that there’s no need to keep the middle seat vacant in flights, according to media reports.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Bhushan Gavai passed the order on Friday, June 26, dismissing the appeal filed by Air India pilot Deven Kanani. The pilot had argued that airlines must keep the middle seat vacant and challenged aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which permitted airlines to sell the middle seat.
The Supreme Court order will bring relief to airlines which are already struggling because of travel restrictions due to Covid-19. The supporters of keeping the middle seat contend that it will help maintain social distance and check the spread of the novel coronavirus.