Emirates crew members (Photo by May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Whether it’s truly safe to fly has been a recurring question since the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread earlier this year. Airlines responded with enhanced cleaning techniques, state of the art HEPA filters, mask requirements and the risk of being banned, as Delta Airlines has put in place, if you refuse to wear one, scaled down meal and drink service to minimize the time those masks are off, staff outfitted in hospital grade personal protective equipment. Recently the travel protocol database Safe Travel Barometer from Safe Travel Technologies compiled and released the results of 230 airlines’ efforts from an independent audit of 26 health and safety parameters evaluating safety protocols, traveler convenience and service excellence announced by airlines. None reached the perfect score of 5 but Emirates earned the highest rating, a 4.4.