Air Travelers Most Concerned About Catching Covid on Planes: Survey

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    When it comes to concern about contracting Covid-19, air travelers are most worried they’ll catch it from fellow passengers on aircraft, according to a survey by J.D. Power, despite the industry’s efforts to convince people that flying is safe. Travelers are less concerned about catching the virus when they can control their own personal space and don’t have prolonged interaction with strangers. Hence, hotel rooms and rental cars are regarded as much safer than the cabin of a passenger plane, the survey found. The survey featured more than 50,000 respondents traveling through a major U.S. airport over a period that ended on Oct. 15, J.D. Power said, without naming the airport. Nearly a quarter of respondents weren’t “worried at all” about contracting Covid-19, while only 10% stated “great concern.” The International Air Transport Association, which represents nearly 300 airlines, has said the risk of contracting Covid-19 on a flight is very low, with fewer than 50 confirmed cases of transmission in-flight since the start of the pandemic. Forward-facing seats, high airflow rates and hospital-grade filters are some of the reasons why flying is safe, according to the airline lobby. IATA recommends masks should be worn throughout the travel process. J.D. Power’s survey found that mask-wearing is key to boosting confidence, with 48% of respondents saying it is the most important health safety measure for airports. J.D. Power added that the average traveler during a pandemic isn’t likely to be the same as the average traveler in a more normal period. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Have a story to tell? Fill out this survey for a chance to have it featured on Bloomberg Quicktake: Connect with us on… YouTube: Breaking News on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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