What are your chances of catching COVID-19 on an airplane?

by McNab Editorial Team

As countries begin to reopen, there are any place you can travel to. The question is however is it safe to travel again?

A new study conducted by scientist shared by CNN highlights that flying is less risker as you think. There have been only a small number of scenarios making the headlines for passengers  becoming infected due to in-flight transmission with many cases studies indicate low transmission from flights.

One reason the risk of infection on airplanes is low risk is due to the air in modern aircraft cabins being replaced with new fresh air every two to three minutes, and most planes are fitted with air filters designed to trap 99.99% of particles.

Does Blocking the Middle Seat Policy Minimise  the Spread of Covid-19?

Today, many airlines, including Delta  have been vowed to keep its social distancing rules in place by  blocking middle seats.   A study conducted by Arnold Barnett, sheds light on how effective this is. It revealed cordoning off middle seat do decrease your rick of catching the virus.

Study Results:

Arnold Barnett, a professor of statistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, tried to quantify the odds of becoming infected with the virus while on board a short flight in a recent study that looked at the benefits of the empty middle seat policy. The risk of catching the virus on a full flight is just 1 in 4,300. Those odds fall to 1 in 7,700 if the middle seat is vacant.

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Additional Precautions

Airlines are taking extra precautions and other necessary measures to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Cordoning off middle seat, requiring passengers to wear a mask, and regular cleansing are all in place to minimise the spread of the virus.


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