Will new technology make flying safer now?
The goal remains to protect both passengers and flight attendants, who are at heightened risk for COVID-19 exposure on the job. New safety measures should not add time to your journey and your pre-flight safety videos will probably not feature cameos by Dr. Fauci. But there is concern that new protocols could be making airplane passengers more unruly. Flights have returned to the gate because passengers refused to wear masks.
“Technologies can indeed make us safer,” says Kacey Ernst, an epidemiologist and a professor at the University of Arizona. “But if our behaviors become riskier in response, it could cancel out the benefit of the technology.”
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