Department of Defense study suggests that COVID-19 less likely to spread on airplanes

The research indicates that COVID-19 is less likely to spread on an airplane than in your home or office.

News 12 Staff

Oct 16, 2020, 10:09 PM

Updated 1,347 days ago

Share:

A study from the Department of Defense found that flying on an airplane amid the pandemic may be safer than previously thought.
The research indicates that COVID-19 is less likely to spread on an airplane than in your home or office.
The study was conducted at Dulles International Airport in August, aboard Boeing 777 and 767 jets.
Researchers used a mannequin, wearing a mask and unmasked, in different places around the planes and released fluorescent particles designed to mimic the virus. Around 300 tests were conducted on the ground and in the air.
Dr. Roxanne Carfora, of St. James, agrees with the findings, pointing out that airlines use high air exchange rates, as well as HEPA-filters. She also says airlines have stepped up their game in making sure the aircraft is sanitized and disinfected.
"As a physician, I do feel that air travel is safe, and it is because the airlines are doing their due diligence to decontaminate the aircraft, and also to check their staff members that are serving you,” she says. “Masking, which is a must for people who are traveling, maintain the social distancing and skip a seat, and they have the passenger list that they can go by if someone comes down with disease."
However, there are some holes in the study. It did not examine the risk of spreading the virus spreading when eating or talking. It also did not look at risks involved in getting to the airport and waiting to board a plane.


More from News 12
1:59
Toddler nearly falls into large sinkhole that formed in front yard of Fair Lawn home

Toddler nearly falls into large sinkhole that formed in front yard of Fair Lawn home

2:13
STORM WATCH: Tracking a line of strong storms headed toward NJ for Wednesday

STORM WATCH: Tracking a line of strong storms headed toward NJ for Wednesday

2:24
Family of missing South Seaside Park woman hopes public can help solve 15-year cold case

Family of missing South Seaside Park woman hopes public can help solve 15-year cold case

2:31
Menendez bribery trial: Senate staffer on stand for 2nd day of testimony

Menendez bribery trial: Senate staffer on stand for 2nd day of testimony

0:29
Route 1&9 reopens in Linden following 12-inch water main break

Route 1&9 reopens in Linden following 12-inch water main break

2:01
Union workers call for corporate transit tax in hopes to urgently fund NJ Transit

Union workers call for corporate transit tax in hopes to urgently fund NJ Transit

0:27
Officials: Drowning victim in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest identified as Point Pleasant man

Officials: Drowning victim in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest identified as Point Pleasant man

0:20
Large tree falls onto car in Belleville

Large tree falls onto car in Belleville

0:43
Evesham police officer hailed a hero for rescuing 2 residents from burning house

Evesham police officer hailed a hero for rescuing 2 residents from burning house

0:35
NJ man accused of flying to Florida to attack a man he met through an online game

NJ man accused of flying to Florida to attack a man he met through an online game

0:26
USPS truck bursts into flames while making Amazon deliveries in Margate City

USPS truck bursts into flames while making Amazon deliveries in Margate City

0:44
Prosecutors: 17 people arrested in Monmouth County drug ring bust

Prosecutors: 17 people arrested in Monmouth County drug ring bust

2:28
Man dies while trying to get kids off the beach during a lightning storm in Seaside Park

Man dies while trying to get kids off the beach during a lightning storm in Seaside Park

0:36
Jersey Proud: Teen with autism gets police escort to prom

Jersey Proud: Teen with autism gets police escort to prom

0:33
US Supreme Court rejects appeal on Rutgers University COVID-19 vaccine mandate case

US Supreme Court rejects appeal on Rutgers University COVID-19 vaccine mandate case

1:56
Power outage at Passaic housing complex leaves hundreds in the dark

Power outage at Passaic housing complex leaves hundreds in the dark

0:19
Hooters to close dozens of restaurant locations across the US

Hooters to close dozens of restaurant locations across the US

0:58
Officials: Large fire injures 3 firefighters, displaces more than 50 people in Passaic

Officials: Large fire injures 3 firefighters, displaces more than 50 people in Passaic

0:19
Prosecutor: 20-year-old man fatally shot in Irvington, suspect sought

Prosecutor: 20-year-old man fatally shot in Irvington, suspect sought

1:49
State police: Traffic fatalities on the rise across New Jersey this year

State police: Traffic fatalities on the rise across New Jersey this year