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Catching COVID on a plane less likely than being hit by lightning

    The International Air Transport Association has revealed just how likely passengers are to contract COVID on a plane. And the results may surprise you.

    Vanessa October 9, 2020

    Sure they’re confined spaces, where you sit shoulder to shoulder with strangers at 38,000 feet.

    And while sitting on a packed plane during a pandemic might seem like a risky proposition, a new report shows you’re probably more likely to be struck by a bolt of lightning than catch COVID-19 on board.

    The new insight comes from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), who overnight demonstrated just how unlikely it is passengers will contract COVID on a plane.

    The presentation, which included independent findings from Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, all used a complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to model the risks to passengers.

    As part of the findings, each aircraft manufacturer’s outcome showed that passengers are more at risk from a lightning strike than from COVID transmission on a plane.

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