The skies have reopened and the world is finally ready to move forward. But truly how safe is travelling across borders in the post-lockdown era where the scare of the pandemic still hovers. This is a question that continues to puzzle most of us.
Travelling in 2020 at first seemed like a luxury that only a few could afford. A luxury of flying safely in private jets and choppers, avoiding the common breathing environment of 100’s of passengers in a close proximity. But what if we were to say that this very cause of fear could be transformed into one of the single most promising factors of safe travelling among all the chaos?
Researchers and umpteen aviation airlines took the onus upon themselves to investigate the probability of contracting the virus on air and the chances are minimal as United Airlines advocating the same tweeted that the risk of infection on a flight is “almost non-existent”. Certain studies also revealed that the risk of being exposed to the virus on a full flight is 1 in 4,300. Those odds fall to 1 in 7,700 if the vacant middle seat policy is followed.
As per the WHO guidelines, it is an essential requisite to maintain a distance of at least one metre to about 6 metres between passengers to prevent catching the novel coronavirus infection. As a result, the transmission risk is most likely to reduce with social distancing, which means it will limit to one row in front and one row in the back of the passengers. As the distance between passengers increases, the risk will drastically reduce and for those who cannot afford a private jet, this is your safest bet.
Moreover, even though an aircraft may be perceived as a confined space, it is now entirely fitted with airflow and filtration systems to reduce cross-contamination. The air inside the aircraft is reportedly reasserted and renewed almost every two to three minutes as it is sucked out through the vents on the floor and passed through HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters throughout the entire flight. These high-quality filters are very similar to those used in all hospitals and can roughly flush out 99.97 of particulates including the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is almost 125 nanometres in diameter.
As a result, airlines are leaving no leaf unturned by going one step further and adhering to contactless assistance. Having meals prepped and placed on your seat before onboarding has quite literally been a life saver. The cabin crew being incessantly swathed in protective gear, temperature screening in air and off, intensive cabin cleaning and limited movement in the cabin during the flight sum up to ensure close to minimal risk of transmission throughout the flight.
Nonetheless, as global air traffic begins to rise due to the cautiously protective measures taken by the aviation industry it does not give flying the complete clean health bill as human behaviour is a key piece in puzzling up a safe travel experience.
So, here are 5 cautiously preventive measures mapped over a period of time that
you can take to minimizethe risk of contraction to its lowest probability:
- Wearing a mask onboard and while you deboard is a must.
- Sanitise your hands and baggage
- Steer clear from touching frequent touch points throughout your journey
- Avoid visiting lavatories and washrooms unless necessary.
- Give thought to choosing a window seat even though it may amount to more financially. Research has revealed that passengers sitting
Travelling during a pandemic could be as dangerous as it sounds if certain preventive measures are not abided by. Fortunately, the virus doesn’t follow the skip rich formula and so not even the aviation industry fancy’s the virus. So be rest assured on a
moderately safe fly as long as you abide by all the regulations sought into place.