Southwest to end middle-seat blocking, execs say during Q3 call
Southwest will end its block on middle seats Dec. 1.
The move, said company executives during its Q3 earnings call, is being made due to mounting evidence that Covid-19 transmission is especially rare on aircraft.
"We would not have made this decision without the overwhelming data that this doesn't put our team and our customers at risk," said Tom Nealon, the company's president.
Southwest executives in particular emphasized a Department of Defense study published last week, which found that small virus droplets known as aerosols, expelled from a sick passenger, have no more than a 3-in-1,000 chance of reaching the breathing zone of a passenger in the neighboring economy seat. The study assumed that mask wearing in flights is continuous, without interruptions for eating and drinking. It also didn't account for the potential for virus transmission through droplets, which are larger than aerosols and are also expelled through coughs, sneezes or speech.
Harvard team: Covid risk on planes is lower than grocery stores
The risk of Covid-19 transmission on airplanes is lower than the transmission risk in other common settings such as grocery stores and indoor restaurants, according to an analysis by Harvard University's Aviation Public Health Initiative.
The Harvard research team reached its finding by doing an assessment of existing research on Covid-19 as it applies to aviation and by examining modelings of aircraft transmission that have been undertaken by governments and the aviation industry. Researchers said they combined the assessment with their own modeling.
"Our teams found that, together with their high-performing ventilation systems, the actions that airlines put in place, including mandatory use of masks, significantly reduce the risk of viral transmission aboard an airplane," said the initiative's co-director, Leonard Marcus.
United Airlines testing global health app on UK-U.S. flight in effort to reopen borders
CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines is set on Wednesday to test a digital health pass under a global pilot program seeking to establish a common international standard for COVID-19 test results and eventually vaccine records that could help reopen borders.
The nonprofit initiative, called CommonPass, is backed by the World Economic Forum and Swiss-based foundation The Commons Project. If successful, it could persuade governments to ease the restrictions and quarantines that have slammed air travel since the coronavirus starting spreading across the globe.
The United flight from London Heathrow to Newark Liberty International in New Jersey follows a pilot by Cathay Pacific this month, and other large airlines are also planning international trials in November and December.
Hawaii Hopes New Visitor Protocol Will Reopen State to Tourism
Travelers must follow steps such as registering with the Safe Travels Hawaii program before embarking on their trip and completing a health form.
Hawaii offered an alternative to its mandatory quarantine for out-of-state travel on Thursday, after strict guidelines sought to keep the coronavirus at bay since March.
Gov. David Ige signed a 14th supplementary emergency proclamation on Tuesday, extending the COVID-related emergency period through Nov. 30, while also initiating new protocols for travel to the state – allowing travelers to bypass the 14-day quarantine period by receiving a negative test starting Oct. 15.
The two-week quarantine protocol has been in effect since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic made air travel nearly obsolete, delivering a blow to the tourist-centric economy. The state saw low numbers of confirmed cases between the quarantine's initiation and the beginning of the summer. Although the new testing protocol was first announced in June, spikes in cases throughout the summer led to implementation delays.
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US State Travel Restrictions: Quarantine Requirements for Late Fall
Latest Interstate Travel Restrictions
As autumn progresses and the festive season approaches, plenty of Americans are faced with COVID-complicated decisions about traveling to see family and friends around the country. Because quarantine mandates and requisite public hygiene measures are still being determined jurisdictionally, U.S. states have adopted a hodgepodge of various rules applying to travelers, often depending upon which state you’re traveling to and where you’re coming from. Some still require out-of-state visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or provide proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test to enter their states.
Read a rundown of the latest guidance on travel restrictions by state. (here)
REAL ID Act - What you need to know!
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