Americans have been skittish about flying during the coronavirus pandemic, and many wonder whether it’s safe it is to get on a plane when COVID-19 is surging across the country.
Most analyses of air travel safety have focused on airlines’ specific policies — are they sanitizing the aircraft? enforcing masking? blocking the middle seat? — but you should also take into consideration the airports through which you will pass.
Here are three questions to ask to help assess whether it’s a good idea to travel through a specific airport right now:
Is the airport located in a current COVID-19 hot spot?
It stands to reason that if you travel into or through a place where the coronavirus is spreading at an accelerated or out-of-control rate, you are putting yourself at higher risk.