The risk of COVID-19 exposure onboard an aircraft is “virtually non-existent,” according to a new study.
The study by Boeing, United Airlines and the Department of Defense looked at results from 300 tests conducted in a little over 6 months with a mannequin on a United plane, ABC News reported.
The study involved a mannequin equipped with an aerosol generator to reproduce breathing and coughing at a heavy level. Researchers then studied the way the mannequin’s air particles moved inside the cabin, comparing with a mask on vs. without a mask. The study showed 99.99% of particles left the interior of the aircraft within 6 minutes, due in part to “aggressive ventilation,” United Airlines Chief Communications Officer Josh Earnest told ABC News.