Flying During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the entire globe. We’re still learning to navigate a pandemic on the fly while trying to find our way back to normalcy. While 2020 was, the future of airlines in 2021 is still up in the air. Deciding whether flying during the COVID-19 pandemic is prudent can be a difficult choice.

If you have any of the described symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, we at Sheffield School of Aeronautics must implore you to stay home and cancel your travel. It is imperative that everyone abides by the CDA’s travel guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Things to Consider While Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s difficult to blindly gauge the risk you’re taking when flying during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do not travel on a whim without knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Here are a few things to consider while traveling during the pandemic.

 

The Risk on a Plane is Low

It’s well documented that the airplane is the safest way to travel long distances. It’s important to note that while getting to and from the airport will provide plenty of risk for contracting the virus, the risk during your actual flight is relatively low. Airlines are increasing how they clean their airplanes. In fact, airplanes have enhanced airflow compared to restaurants or office buildings. The ventilation system makes it a lot more secure. Further, the odds that someone is traveling that has contracted the virus and is actively transmitting it is lower than you might expect. This shows that in terms of travel, it isn’t the travel itself you need to worry about.

 

Always Wear a Mask

Regardless of where you are, even if you are on the plane out of the reach of others, it is important to keep your mask on. It may become uncomfortable, but to keep the fractional chances of contracting or unknowingly spreading the virus at bay, you should keep your mask over your nose and mouth at all times during the flight. You might even get kicked off of your flight if you aren’t wearing a mask

 

Airlines Are Taking Necessary Precautions

Airlines and airports are trying their best to make travel possible and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some major airlines are packing flights during the pandemic, most are implementing socially-distanced travel with staggered seating charts and between-flight disinfectants. Between this and the socially distanced security procedures in many airports, traveling right now is as safe as it can be during a pandemic.

 

Sheffield School of Aeronautics is one of the oldest aviation training institutions in the United States, where you can take a flight dispatcher course and obtain your FAA dispatcher license. Sheffield has an outstanding reputation in the aviation industry, recognized by companies like Delta, United, KLM, American, Virgin Australia, Cayman Airways, Shanghai/China Eastern, ExpressJet, Federal Express, UPS, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, United Technologies, Mobil Oil, Gulf Air, Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Mesaba, Horizon, American Trans Air, and many others for aircraft dispatcher training. If you’re interested in becoming an aircraft dispatcher, contact us to get started: 954-581-6022.

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