IATA clarified that the aircraft cabin continues to be an environment with a very low epidemiological risk
Public health authorities have not suggested further measures for the Omicron variant
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) clarified that the aircraft cabin remains a very low risk environment for contracting COVID-19 even though Omicron appears to be more transmissible than other variants in all environments.
According to IATA Medical Advisor Dr. David Powell, factors contributing to the very low risks include aircraft design characteristics (air flow direction, air exchange rate, and filtration), forward orientation of passengers while seated, well-reinforced masking and improved sanitation measures. The controlled nature of the aircraft cabin compared to other enclosed environments adds an additional measure of protection, Dr. Powell noted.
Public health authorities have not suggested further measures for indoor environments as a result of Omicron; And IATA's advice for travelers, including the correct use of masks, has not changed and is even more important.