On Sunday October 18th, 2020 TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screened over 1 million passengers for the day. TSA had not screened this many passengers on a single day since March 17th, 2020. This shows the travel industry is headed in the right direction with many people feeling safer to fly than in previous months. While this aids the industries rebound, it is still going to take a lot of education to ensure those who are weary, that it is in fact, safer than ever to "Fly the Friendly Skies".
Recently the Department of Defense completed the most comprehensive study on aircraft airflow that has ever been conducted in history and determined the risk is almost non existent even during a full flight. Research showed that on average .003% of infected particles crossed into your breathing zone and 99.99% of them were filtered out of the cabin within six minutes. Incredibly, this research showed that the inside of an aircraft cabin is one of the safest indoor environments in the whole entire world.
In an additional study conducted by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), they found only 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were caught on a flight from among the 1.2 billion people that flew between January and July this year. That translates to one case for every 27.3 million flyers. This study proves you have a better chance of getting struck by lightening than you do catching the disease on a flight with the combination of wearing a mask and the constant airflow through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that are keeping cabins safe.
Here is a great video United Airlines put together to educate the public on how they conducted their study and what their findings were.
If you would also like to read more about the research The International Air Transport Association (IATA) conducted, you can find additional information on their study by clicking here. In todays world it is more important than ever to stay educated on real-time studies and factual based information.