Can you catch COVID-19 from sitting in the middle seat on a flight? 5 questions about air travel safety during the pandemic

In recent months though, most airlines have abandoned this practice and have resumed booking all seats on flights. Currently, the last holdout is Delta Air Lines (DAL) — the company’s CEO has said that middle seats on Delta flights will remain blocked through in 2021.

However, new research suggests that keeping middle seats empty on flights doesn’t necessarily make them safer. The Harvard study found that because the rapid airflow is directed downward, there is little risk of breathing in airborne particles expelled by someone sitting next to you on a plane.

“You cannot see any measurable difference in the risk with the adjacent seat being vacant versus where some infectious person may be seated,” Jack McCarthy, president of Environmental Health and Engineering Inc, said during the Harvard study presentation.

Anyone who is worried about the possibility of sitting next to someone who is sick should contact their airline about

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Hong Kong, Singapore establish air ‘travel bubble’ to replace quarantine in ‘world first’

An inaugural “travel bubble” will be launched later this month between Hong Kong and Singapore to reestablish travel links amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.

The plan kicks off on Nov. 22, which would allow leisure travelers from the two cities to fly between each other without having to quarantine, which officials described as a “world first.”

“This policy is not easy to come by,” Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said during the announcement, according to the South China Morning Post. “Whether the bubble can work and sustain (itself) well will depend on cooperation from all sides, including the participation of residents and their efforts in maintaining social distancing.”



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Singapore to Start ‘World First’ Air Travel Bubble With Hong Kong

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong and Singapore will start an air travel bubble that will replace quarantine with Covid-19 testing from Nov. 22, officials said in separate media briefings Wednesday.


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There will be several flights a week on Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. from that date, rising to daily from Dec. 7. A maximum of 200 people will be permitted on each flight and details of the arrangement, released nearly a month after the two Asian hubs first announced they’d reopen their borders to one another, will be reviewed after one month.

Singapore Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung said at a news briefing that this was the first travel bubble of its type and may be used as a template for other countries, if successful. The travel bubble will help ensure a brighter future for the city-state’s Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines, he said.


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