April 15. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that keeping middles seats open on airplanes would reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 onboard, but the travel industry isn’t entirely behind the study.
According to CNBC.com, CDC researchers teamed with Kansas State University officials found the spread of coronavirus infections could be reduced by between 23 percent and 57 percent if airlines leave middle seats open.
In response, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is carefully reviewing the study since it did not take mask mandates into consideration during the testing process.
IATA officials said a recent study from the US Transport Command conducted on two passenger aircraft found the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens like coronavirus is “very low” on these types of passenger planes.
Source: Travel Pulse