How Flying Private Reduces COVID-19 Exposure
People across the United States have relied on convenient travel for decades. Professionals go on business trips to learn new skills, make connections and advance in their careers. Private citizens seek safe, efficient travel to visit family and friends on holidays. And everyone loves a good vacation once in a while, which is most often accompanied by at least a few hours in an airplane to arrive at the destination.
Boarding a commercial airplane to reach your desired destination was once an easy and common decision, but everything changed when COVID-19 arrived in the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the government has tightened air travel safety protocols to limit COVID-19 exposure on airplanes. Yet this has also made commercial air travel less reliable. This could leave you looking for a healthier, more reliable way to travel by air.
COVID-19 Exposure on Commercial Flights
The first step in lowering COVID-19 exposure during air travel is to understand the risks associated with commercial flights. The initial government mandates restricting the frequency and occupancy of commercial flights served to lower these risks. Yet, as society crawls back to a state of normalcy and these mandates continue to loosen, it's important to remember that the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 is still prevalent. You should be aware of these risks so you can make the right decision for yourself regarding air travel.
Here are some of the risks of COVID-19 exposure associated with commercial flights:
- Long lines in Security: Commercial flights require standing in long, slow-moving lines in Security. These lines exist for reasons of safety during travel, but they also cause you to stand near people from various locations around the world or the country. Airport lines are one of many high touch point areas found throughout the commercial flying process and can contribute to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
- A lack of social distancing in planes: The close proximity with other individuals continues once you get on a plane. Many commercial flights are back to full capacity. This means you could be sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with people all around you during your commercial flight. Experiencing such a high level of touch points can put you at a high risk of getting COVID-19, even with the state-of-the-art air filtration systems found on commercial planes.
- Heightened risks from strangers: Being around large groups of people may be a risk for COVID-19 in itself, but you could be at a higher risk when surrounded by strangers from all parts of the country or the world. It can be nearly impossible to know where people have been and if they're carrying COVID-19 unknowingly. Commercial flying is all about putting strangers together and can increase your risk of becoming sick.
How Flying Private Reduces COVID-19 Exposure
Now that you know more about the risks of commercial air travel, you may be ready to cancel that next vacation or business trip. The good news is that you have another option for traveling by air that can significantly reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 and provide a whole host of other benefits, too. Private charter jet air travel may be the option you've been looking for.
Reduced Touch Points
The first factor to consider is the concept of touch points. Standing in line and sitting in crowded planes can put you at greater risk of getting COVID-19. That's because each person you come in contact with from the moment you leave your house to the moment you arrive at your destination is another instance of a touch point. And occurring with each touch point is another opportunity to catch or spread COVID-19, making them something you want to try to avoid.
Flying private significantly reduces the number of touch points you encounter throughout the entire flying process. While commercial flying can literally make you cross paths with countless people, you can count the number of people you contact throughout the private flying process. Private flying touchpoints may only include the following:
- The driver who drops you off at the airport
- The driver who picks you up at the airport upon arrival at your destination
- The pilot
- The copilot
- The fixed base operators who handle services, including check-ins for private flights, usually located in a private line at airports
Increased Control Over Who Is on the Plane
Another factor that can keep you safer from contracting COVID-19 is the fact that when you fly private, you have control over who else is a passenger in the plane. People who want to travel more safely for their family vacation can book their private aircraft for their family members only. Business executives looking to take a company trip will know exactly who is on the plane throughout the journey. And if you want to fly solo to your destination, you can do that, too.
All these instances keep you safer as the risk of COVID-19 continues to loom across the country. When you fly private, you get to choose who is on the plane with you, if anyone. You get to skip the experience of traveling shoulder-to-shoulder with people you've never met. Instead, you can fly with people you spend your everyday life with. This will help you avoid large and unfamiliar gatherings aboard the plane so you can fly with confidence.
Less Time in Airports
The other benefit of flying private is that you get to spend less time around people who could potentially be carrying the virus.
A recent CNN article discusses how your chances of contracting COVID-19 are affected by more than social distancing and personal hygiene. Time spent around a sick person can also influence your chances of getting sick yourself. When you fly private, you get to skip the long, busy lines and go right to your private terminal. This means you're spending less time around people and less time in the airport in general. This lower exposure time can likewise lower your risk of getting COVID-19.
Contact Grandview Aviation to Fly Safer Today
When you need to travel by air and want to reduce your potential risk of COVID-19 in the process, Grandview Aviation is the solution you've been searching for. At Grandview Aviation, we combine luxury with safety and cost-effective flying. We have locations around the continental United States to make private charter jet travel easier and more convenient, wherever you might be. Our fleet of Phenom 300 aircraft is ready to take you where you need to go.