How common is SARS-CoV-2 transmission on planes?

A review shows masks and distancing are important but don't always protect passengers

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 on flights is surprisingly rare, a new review suggests.

Researchers have looked at 66 published cases of flights with at least one coronavirus-positive passenger.

Some 58 of these flights appeared to have had no onward transmission.

The biggest case of inflight transmission so far has been Australian — a Sydney-Perth Qantas flight in March carrying passengers from the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

Nine infectious people from the cruise boarded the flight, infecting another eight