Southwest Airlines will start fully booking popular routes, unblocking middle seats that it has kept vacant to make travelers feel safer during the pandemic.
The carrier conducted several studies that shows the risk of getting coronavirus on an airplane is extremely rare when everyone wears a mask. Southwest cited that the study showed catching Covid-19 during flight is approximately the same risk category as being struck by lightning.
“That’s 44 people out of the nearly 1.2 billion passengers who have traveled in 2020, or one case for every 27 million travelers this year. As IATA suggests, this is approximately the same risk category as being struck by lightning,” Southwest said in a statement.