Flights low risk for COVID-19 transmission: study

Passengers would have to fly 54 hours sitting next to an ill person to be infected, says US Department of Defense research

The risk of exposure to coronavirus on flights is very low when passengers wear face masks, a US Department of Defense study finds.

When a seated passenger is wearing a mask, an average 0.003% of air particles within the breathing zone around a person's head are infectious, even when every seat is occupied, it found.

The testing assumed only one infected person on the plane and did not simulate the effects of passenger movement around the cabin.

Another review earlier this month also looked at flying and coronavirus