Quashing the myths of air travel in the COVID-19 era

With coronavirus still prevalent around the world, many former fliers are anxious about returning to airline travel, fearful they could catch the killer bug. Tom Batchelor quashes the myths and explores what innovations are out there to help restore confidence to passengers

Airlines have scrambled to make their aircraft ‘COVID-secure’ since the coronavirus outbreak began to spread around the world at the beginning of 2020. The pandemic has forced carriers to find innovative ways to appeal to hygiene-conscious consumers, with adaptations made to both their soft and hard products for an era of air travel that is already looking very different to what came before. Airports, too, have pioneered new technology from robots to disinfection booths. Both must tread a thin line between safeguarding the health of their customers and staff, while avoiding overly draconian measures that only add to a sense of fear among the travelling public.

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