Boarding a flight soon? Expert reveals biggest risk for Covid

·2-min read

It's been a foreign concept for almost two years but with travel once again a reality, what are the biggest risks involved? 

While many people have their concerns about catching Covid on an aircraft, experts say it's not the area where you are most at risk.

"The most high-risk place [on a plane] is when you're coming down the bridge to get on," travel doctor Deborah Mills told the ABC. "Because the ventilation's really bad. People all bunch up."

Experts have revealed the biggest risk to air travel - and it's not the plane. Source: Getty
Experts have revealed the biggest risk to air travel - and it's not the plane. Source: Getty

Take it easy on the airbridge 

Dr Mills explained that everyone practices social distancing in the waiting area, but as soon as it comes to boarding it can be ignored.

"They're desperate to get on the plane and they bunch up and run down the little air bridge, then they get on the plane and are separated on the plane again. 

"So, take it easy on the airbridge."

Dr Mills also recommends people with children board the plane first, and don't rush to get on, and always keep masks on unless eating or drinking. 

"You want a mask that is well fitted," she said. " I have [seen] so many people wearing masks where there's a big hole.

"It's not protecting you," she said. "It's for show and nothing else."

Dr Mills suggests always social distancing when travelling. Source: Getty
Dr Mills suggests always social distancing when travelling. Source: Getty

Dr Mills also recommends timing eating your meal when no one else is so most people have masks on and turning the air vent to face you.

"You don't want the air drifting from somebody else over the top of you that you're going to breathe in," she explained.

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting