Does Delta give blankets?

  • Jul 09, 2024
Does Delta give blankets?

Does Delta Give Blankets?

Whenever an individual is booking a flight, he/she only concerns himself/herself with basic information such as the time of departure or takeoff, the seats he/she is to occupy, and the number of baggage allowed. However, once on board, and occupied in the plane, the extra touches are noticeable and can significantly affect the flight experience of the passenger. One of the simple comforts that people often do not pay attention to when selecting a hotel is if blankets are offered. Thus, is Delta generous enough to provide passengers with blankets?

The Short Answer

Delta does offer blankets in the first-class cabin on all short and long-haul flights with a distance of more than 250 miles. In economy class (main cabin), blankets are not offered on most flights except on international flights and a few routes that entail red-eye flights. Therefore, if you are flying domestically in the main cabin, do not expect a hotel service with a blanket provided because if you are a person who gets cold during the flight then you might need to carry your blanket or sweater.

First Class Blankets

While the long-haul economy passengers received a pathetic blanket no matter the duration of the flight or the destination, the Delta One first-class cabin passengers received a big blue Monster blanket accompanied by a pillow. The blankets used in the first-class accommodation are about 50 by 60 inches which ensure adequate warmth when sleeping.

They are lightweight cotton fabric with a fluffy, sherpa-type lining on one side of the blanket. Though they are thick enough for warmth the material used in the garment is quite breathable thus maintaining the body temperature even in long overnight treks. Delta often restocks first-class blankets and they are washed often in case they are offered to the passengers.

Main cabin: International flights

International flight passengers in a coach can also expect to receive a blanket on Delta, but the size and quality will not be as luxurious as in first class. These economy blankets are larger measuring approximately 40 by 60 inches and are usually thinner and have less insulation. Nevertheless, they offer some level of comfort when aiming to sleep or take a nap during long transoceanic trips.

Delta also offers these main cabin blankets on all of its long-haul international flights such as between the U. S and Europe, Asia, South America, and other international locations. Customers who fly in the main cabin on future domestic U. S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, or Caribbean routes will not be provided with a blanket.

Select Red-Eye Routes

Delta economy class domestic flights do not always offer blankets, but they are offered on select redeye flights between the East and West coasts of the United States. These are cross-country overnight services between New Your and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Anchorage. Therefore if one plans to travel coast-wise and aims at catching up on sleep, then one should pack lightly hoping that even blankets are likely to be provided.

Here is an article that raises a question about Delta and why they do not provide blankets on all their flights:

Having established the factors involved in Delta's blanket policy, frequent flyers may be asking themselves why these comfort items are not offered on all Delta flights. After all, it is not very warm inside a plane, particularly on long flights and blankets appear such a basic measure to make customers happy.

The most probable cause could be attributed to the desire to contain expenditure. The simple act of offering free blankets and pillows, nice as it is, would cost a lot in terms of money when done for every flight as most airlines have very low profit margins. Add to that the fact that more than 5000 flights are operated by Delta every day and the losses become quite apparent.

there is also the factor of storage on the plane On the same note considering the needs of the plane, there is also the consideration of onboard storage. Blankets occupy lots of space in overhead bins, which can hold paying passenger items domestically. The authors also show that through restrictions on the free carry-on allowance, there is increased space for the storage of carry-ons and decreased gate-checked luggage.

Last but not least, no provision of blankets also can be seen as a method of saving resources and avoiding wastage. It is therefore expected that companies in the aviation industry such as Delta are trying as much as possible to embrace sustainable standards, due to the high CO2 emissions. Initiatives such as the reduction of blankets that are used once and then thrown away after a flight are beneficial in curtailing environmental concerns. For clients who are planning to sleep or those who may need additional warmth during the flight, the straightforward recommendation is to take personal wear to cover you or a sweater instead of relying on the flight.

How to keep warm when you don't have a blanket

Here are some other tips for staying cozy if you happen to be on a Delta flight without blankets provided:

  • Layers for insulation with a sweater, hoodie, or fleece that cannot be folded up for quick shedding. Closed shoes, scarves, hats, gloves, and other clothes that cover most of the body also help in reducing heat loss.
  • You should request for another pillow from the flight attendant to cover the lower part of your body whereby it will act as a blanket to retain body heat.
  • Sipping on hot tea, coffee or soup would help warm a person from within.
  • Minimize products that lead to the lowering of an individual's core body temperature such as alcoholic drinks.
  • If you become cold, get up and move your limbs around the cabin for some time to be warmed up again. Make stretches or isometrics while you are seated.
  • Ask for a new table position to be at a distance away from air vents, cold windows, or walls, and areas where people tend to walk frequently.

The Bottom Line

Perhaps this will help economy-class flyers have a better idea of what to expect in terms of the quality of the blankets from Delta. In summary, while first-class passengers are entitled to a guaranteed blanket, coach passengers can only get them on long international flights and a few red-eyes domestically.

Unfortunately, as the global airline industry has been attempting to find ways of maintaining its profitability alongside offering quality services to its clients, services like providing free blankets may in the future be a thing of the past. So, if you want to stay warm during the night, the best practice is to pack your layer that can be used as a blanket during a chilly flight at 30,000 feet! Have a good flight, and pleasant dreams beneath your blanket, or whatever replacement you have on your next Delta flight.

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