This week’s featured link
A large national outbreak of COVID-19 linked to air travel, Ireland, summer 2020 – Eurosurveillance
You’ve probably all heard about the Irish flight that was responsible for 59 cases of COVID, right? It’s not quite the dramatic. Yes, 59 cases were tied to people on a flight, but most of those were from transmission on the ground after the flight.
There ended up being 13 people on the flight with COVID, and they don’t know who had it first. Some of these people knew each other and spent 12+ hours in a transit lounge. Another was traveling with someone who had just gotten over COVID, so it could have been transmitted previously. But it is possible that there was some transmission on the flight… we just don’t know for sure and we don’t know how it happened if it did.
What this really says is that yes, it is certainly possible that you could contract COVID on an airplane, but this does nothing to change what we know so far that the risk is very low. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and do what you can to prevent transmission if you need to travel. I’ll still remain convinced that flying is the safest part of the entire travel journey. That, of course, has negative impacts for air travel too. It just changes where I focus my concern.
Two for the road
United Airlines Redesigns Mobile App to be More Accessible for People with Visual Disabilities – United Hub
United put me in the beta testing group, so I was able to take this for a spin before it was launched. Big kudos to the airline for paying attention to the accessibility features of the app. This is important for a lot of travelers, and it rarely gets the attention it deserves.
ANA HOLDINGS Announces Transformative Measures to a New Business Model – ANA Group Media
It’s pretty impressive the way Japanese airlines have the ability to turn a press release into a powerpoint presentation with graphics that make your eyes glaze over. After deciding to combine its two low-cost carriers, ANA has now decided that one low cost carrier isn’t enough. It needs two again. In this plan, the first one (Peach) flies short-haul routes and this new one will go medium-haul. Ok, good luck with that.