Is there an increased risk of flying in the winter?

Much of the data around air travel indicates that overall, it is very safe and there is a low likelihood of becoming infected with Covid-19.  But new data shows that there is a caveat to all the studies. And as we head into winter, there is one concern travelers should be aware of.

A few weeks back we discussed how the use of masks and advanced air filtrations systems have made air travel overall very safe.  It would seem there is a caveat to this and that is ice.  

Part of what makes air travel safe in the midst of a pandemic is the robust air circulation that occurs on an airplane.  The constant circulation of fresh air from the outside helps reduce the chance of airborne virus transmission.  But when a plane is being de-iced, air filtration systems pulling fresh air from the outside are turned off for the duration of the 10-20 minutes process.

Because ice can build up quickly, planes have to take off shortly after being de-iced.  This means most de-icing occurs in the last 30 minutes prior to take off when passengers have already boarded.  What should you do to stay safe?  It’s important to understand that while air flow has been reduced by as much as 50%, it is still overall very safe.  Keep your mask on until the process is complete, and the system is turned back on.  

Are you planning on flying anywhere cold where deicing will be a potential issue?

One thought on “Is there an increased risk of flying in the winter?

Have a thought? Tell us!