The risk of contracting COVID-19 during air travel is low according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Pombal, JAMA 2020) authored by medical experts from the aviation industry. The reason given is that modern airplanes circulate a mix of fresh air and air recycled through HEPA filters and the air flow comes down from above and exits through outlets in the floor (see diagram).
However, this does not mean that there is no risk when flying. There have been several reports of passengers on long flights becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
At the same time, there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of infection when flying. These range from where to sit, how to use the overhead air nozzle, when to eat (if you must), when to use the overhead bin for carry-on luggage, and more.
Sign in for more than one dozen steps you can take to help you stay safe and protect others when flying.
Join today to unlock all member benefits including full access to all CL Answers and over 1,300 reviews.Join Now
Already a member? Sign In Here.
Join now at www.consumerlab.com/join/
Submit your comment
This feature is restricted to active members.
Join now to add comments and get all member benefits, including over 1,300 reviews.Join Now
Already a member? Sign in here.
Agree to Comment Terms
Please abide by the following:
For your privacy, only your first name (from your account) followed by a random number will appear with your comment. Your last name and email address will not be displayed.
Your comment has been submitted
We will review your comment before it is posted.