How To Pick An Airplane Seat Now

by Jeremy

If you feel like people are getting more comfortable with air travel at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, your hunch is correct. Since March 11, the Transportation Security Administration has screened more than 1 million passengers every day. On May 2, that number exceeded 1.6 million for the first time since March 12, 2020.

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But as people ease back into flying, there are still lingering questions about the risk involved in spending time on an airplane, especially now that airlines have ended their middle seat blocking policies. There’s a desire to assert control for the most nervous fliers by choosing to sit in the “safest” part of the plane from a COVID-19 transmission perspective. But is there such thing? HuffPost asked health and travel experts to break down the safety of flying right now and how to choose a plane seat with minimal risk.

The risk of air travel is considered relatively low.

“Traveling on a plane does put you at risk for COVID exposure, but it is considered a lower risk,” said Dr. Cristina M. Amado, an infectious disease physician with Orlando Health Infectious Disease Group. “That is because of the safety checks and sanitation measures that airlines have developed. Crew members perform deep cleaning in between flights. Passengers are required to wear masks on flights. The risk of viral transmission on a flight is low due to how air circulates and filters on an airplane. Airplanes generally have HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters that circulate a mix of fresh and recycled air and minimize exposure to contagious droplets.

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