Risk of COVID-19 Exposure Onboard an Aircraft is “Virtually Non-Existent,” According to New Study

According to a new study conducted by the airplane manufacturing giant Boeing, United Airlines, and The Department of Defense, there is almost zero risk to flying with Covid-19 exposure. It’s not that contagious.

The study by Boeing, United Airlines and the Department of Defense looked at results from 300 tests conducted in a little over 6 months with a mannequin on a United plane, ABC News reported.

“99.99% of those particles left the interior of the aircraft within six minutes,” United Airlines Chief Communication Officer Josh Earnest told ABC News. “It indicates that being on board an aircraft is the safest indoor public space, because of the unique configuration inside an aircraft that includes aggressive ventilation, lots of airflow.”

The study involved a mannequin equipped with an aerosol generator to reproduce breathing and coughing at a heavy level. Researchers then studied the way the mannequin’s air particles moved inside the cabin, comparing with a mask on vs. without a mask. The study showed 99.99% of particles left the interior of the aircraft within 6 minutes, due in part to “aggressive ventilation,” United Airlines Chief Communications Officer Josh Earnest told ABC News.

According to the International Air Transport Association, among 1.2 billion travelers, only 44 published cases of potential inflight COVID transmission have been reported. Many of those cases occurred in the early days of the pandemic before masks were required, the group said.

You can read more from our friends at ABC News.

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