Flying soon? 4 lessons learned from measuring air quality
Updated: Sep 2, 2021
The CDC states: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. However, if you must travel, we have 4 lessons from monitoring air quality to keep in mind.
The CDC recognizes that Covid-19 spreads through airborne transmission- therefore, increasing ventilation in a space can reduce your risk of infection.
In population dense spaces like the airport and the flight cabin, many of us wonder how safe it really is to fly. A member of the Dojo team set out to identify the airborne Covid-19 transmission risk on a flight from Michigan to New York using the Aranet4 wireless air quality monitor. Here is what they found:
1. Home ventilation isn't great
Enclosed spaces with closed windows typically lead to a larger build up of CO₂ (measured in ppm)
2. Open the windows if taking a cab/Uber/Lyft
Yes it's getting chilly these days -but it helps dramatically improve air quality for the duration on your trip.
3. On the runway - ventilation is relatively poor
When you board a grounded plane, the CO₂ (ppm) level greatly increases in the aircraft. The overall airflow decreases from that of the airport terminal.
4. In-flight ventilation is excellent
The good news is once you're airborne, there is better airflow in the cabin. Transmission risks are generally low for the duration of the flight.
As always, stay educated on the risks before you go - follow all designated airline safety protocols, disinfect surfaces in the flight cabin, and make sure to wear your masks properly (covering nose and mouth).
Stay safe, and Happy Holidays!