A modern aircraft cabin, in which the air is changed every two to three minutes, much more often than in an office, cinema, or classroom on the ground. To minimise the risk of catching a respiratory illness from a fellow passenger, choose a window seat, experts say. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Coronavirus: how to lower the risk of infection while flying – and remember, the air in aircraft cabins is much fresher than in your home or office

  • Air in an airliner cabin is changed every two to three minutes, making it fresher and freer from disease-causing pathogens than the air in your home or office
  • Someone within a metre of you who is infected and coughs or sneezes can pass on flu or coronavirus, so sitting in a window seat may put you out of range
Topic |   Wellness
A modern aircraft cabin, in which the air is changed every two to three minutes, much more often than in an office, cinema, or classroom on the ground. To minimise the risk of catching a respiratory illness from a fellow passenger, choose a window seat, experts say. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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