Airlines have implemented a robust, multi-layered strategy which can effectively reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel – this strategy is aligned with the findings from researchers at Harvard University.
The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is our top priority, and U.S. airlines are taking extraordinary measures to mitigate risk, including:
In addition to these measures, our members also have aircraft equipped with HEPA filters, which generate air as clean as that in a hospital’s ICU.
According to researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the ventilation on airplanes is so good that it reduces the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 to a point so low that it “effectively counters the proximity travelers are subject to during flights.” Because of the frequent exchange of air on planes coupled with the use of HEPA filters, over 99% of the particles containing the virus are removed from cabin air.