Flying safely during the Covid-19 pandemic

As restrictions world wide begin easing up, we are seeing more and more people take to the skies in search of the vacation they’ve been putting off. However, Covid-19 spread is still relevant, as we saw in the post holiday spike of cases.

This leaves many of us that are germ conscious to wonder, is it even safe to fly? In this post and the next one, we will take a look at how safe flying during Covid is, what airlines are doing, and what we can do as individuals to stay safe and healthy while still getting out to travel.

How safe or dangerous is it to fly?

Over the past year, we have been hearing plenty of debate about if we should be flying or not. One fact that is true, airline travel was severely down in 2020. Even the airports during holidays were not as packed as normal as people chose to stay home.

With all that is unclear about the virus, we do know that it spreads from close person to person contact. So by that logic, sitting in a long metal tube hurtling through the sky with 50-100 other people packed in is probably a prime place for Covid to spread. Which is true and not true.

Covid can possibly be spread on an airplane. However, when we look at it comparatively and in the relative sense, there are far more dangerous places to catch Covid than on an airline. For instance, the airline terminal is ironically much more dangerous.

According to the CDC’s website, “Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air is circulated and filtered on airplanes.”  Great... howeer this doesn’t mean it’s completely safe to rip off the mask and take in a gulp of artificial air  onboard. Planes are still a crowded place, and it’s possible for droplets to spread on an airplane. Also, keep in mind many airlines are not actually running the circulation while boarding and unboarding, which means this safety measure is not occurring during that time. 

What it really comes down to is if the airline is following proper procedures and enforcing them. In our next post we will talk further about what airlines can do for safety. Many airlines are in fact taking precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but as we will also talk about in the next post, there’s plenty of passengers who want to make it harder on the airlines.