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U.S. airlines have implemented a multi-layered strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

The safety and well-being of all travelers is our top priority. That’s why airlines have implemented a robust, multi-layered strategy that can effectively reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during air travel – a strategy aligned with the findings from researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Click here for highlights from a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which confirms that being on an airplane is as safe or safer than grocery store shopping or going to a restaurant.

Fly Secure Knowing Airlines are Reducing Exposure Risk

Fly Secure Knowing Airlines  are Reducing Exposure Risk

Airlines’ enforcement of mask requirements, enhanced cleaning procedures and advance air ventilation and filtration systems effectively reduce the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus during air travel.

Fly Secure Knowing Airlines are Reducing Exposure Risk

Checking In & Boarding

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have found that the use of masks in combination with diligent cleaning protocols and advanced ventilation and filtration systems on aircraft offer “significant protection against COVID-19 during air travel.”

U.S. airlines are requiring face coverings for passengers and employees during all stages of travel and disinfecting high-touch aircraft surfaces. U.S. airlines also require all passengers to attest they do not have COVID-19 related symptoms. Finally, the onboard ventilation system that continuously circulates and refreshes the air supply also filters out >99% of pathogens from the air.
Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have found that the use of face coverings is the most essential part of a comprehensive set of measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission during air travel. Alongside U.S. airlines’ multiple layers of safety protections, the entire in-flight experience makes flying as safe if not safer than other routine activities.

Airplane Environment is Safe, if Not Safer Than Routine Activities if Not Safer Than Routine Activities

Airplane Environment is Safe, if Not Safer Than Routine Activities if Not Safer Than Routine Activities

The multiple layers of protection against COVID-19 used during air travel make being on an airplane as safe if not safer than other routine activities, such as grocery shopping or going to a restaurant.

Airplane Environment is Safe, if Not Safer Than Routine Activitiesif Not Safer Than Routine Activities

During the Flight

The universal use of face masks is the most essential part of a comprehensive set of measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission during air travel. U.S. airlines require all passengers and customer-facing employees to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth throughout the journey — check-in, boarding, in-flight and deplaning.

Travelers are expected to wear their face coverings throughout the journey. However, it is permissible to remove your face covering at times when it is necessary, such as when eating or drinking.
Because onboard ventilation systems continuous circulate and refresh the air supply also filters out >99% of pathogens from the air, the proximity of travelers is effectively countered during flights.

Breathe Easy Thanks to Superior Ventilation

Animation of how the hospital-grade ventilation systems aboard aircraft effectively reduces the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 to a point where it "effectively counters the proximity travelers are subject to during flights."

The hospital-grade ventilation systems aboard aircraft effectively reduces the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 to a point where it “effectively counters the proximity travelers are subject to during flights.”

Animation of how the hospital-grade ventilation systems aboard aircraft effectively reduces the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 to a point where it "effectively counters the proximity travelers are subject to during flights."

In the Air

All A4A members have aircraft equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which generate air as clean as an intensive care unit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said, “Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights.”

Commercial passenger aircraft are equipped with highly effective ventilation systems that refresh cabin air on average every 2-3 minutes, filtering air through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters removing > 99% of pathogens from the air. Passengers and crew members breathe a combination of 50% filtered and 50% fresh outside air.

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How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

As we take to the skies again, U.S. airlines are requiring face coverings, and we have tips on how to wear them. (1) Wear a face covering during your travel. (2) Be sure to wear face coverings correctly, covering both your nose and mouth. (3) Don't touch your mask or your child's mask. (4) Don't share your mask.

Hospital-grade Air Filtration

Fly Healthy, Fly Smart: Hospital-grade Air FiltrationFlying soon? U.S. airlines are working hard to help you #FlyHealthyFlySmart on your entire travel journey. All customer-facing employees are required to wear face coverings. U.S. airlines use hospital-grade air filtration inflight, and sterilize cabins with electrostatic sprayers and foggers.

Tips for Healthy Travel

Flying soon? U.S. airlines are working hard to help you #FlyHealthyFlySmart on your entire travel journey. Fly smart by checking in online or with your smartphone, washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds, and only travel if you're healthy.

Enhanced Cleaning Techniques

Flying soon? U.S. airlines are working hard to help you #FlyHealthyFlySmart on your entire travel journey. U.S. airlines are frequently sanitizing counters, kiosks and gate areas; Disinfecting surfaces, like armrests and seat buckles often; and reducing interaction by adjusting boarding procedures and inflight services.

Remember to Wear a Face Covering

Flying soon? U.S. airlines are working hard to help you #FlyHealthyFlySmart on your entire travel journey. Please wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. Remember to cover your face if coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching your face.

Tips for Travelers

U.S. airlines are committed to protect the safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees from curb to gate and ensure that everyone can “Fly Healthy. Fly Smart.” Carriers have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures that meet – and frequently exceed – guidelines from the CDC and instituted multiple layers of protection, including face covering requirements and health acknowledgement forms. Travelers are encouraged to #FlyHealthyFlySmart by following CDC recommendations, such as by wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth.

U.S. Airlines are Fighting to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

U.S. airlines are committed to the safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees and are proactively implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and new technologies to protect passengers and employees through this public health crisis.

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