Traveling abroad by car is the safest in terms of coronavirus, but you will probably find tiring columns at the border, where you can wait two or three hours.
An airplane is advantageous in this respect, but many people are afraid that it will be easier for them to become infected in a confined space. We asked Roman Berkes, President of the Slovak Association of Travel Agencies, about the current interest in air transport.
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Did the mandatory PCR test in air transporting clients not discourage people from traveling by plane?
Not. People who want to travel have become accustomed to testing. In short, it is an extra cost that must be taken into account. But people know it’s in their best interest.
When they’re all locked up in an airplane for two to three hours, it’s good to know they’re all tested.
So are people aware?
I think yes. This was also seen in the case of Croatia, which recently abolished all conditions for entry into the country. They didn’t check the tests, the vaccinations, anything. And then concerns began to arise on the part of Slovak clients who expected some degree of protection. People who want to travel really behave responsibly and are usually vaccinated. The negative claims that often appear on social networks come largely from people who do not want to travel anyway.
Do you have information that any holidaymakers would become infected with a coronavirus, for example on a plane?
We have no information about it. I really don’t know about people getting infected from a charter flight. Because there is a testing condition. In addition, the travel agents set the rules on board, for example in the form of mandatory drapes and no refreshments. At the same time, there are only clients of that particular office and they fly directly to the destination. They will also ensure the necessary measures and the national composition of the guests in the hotels. That is why I consider it the safest form of transport. Moving by public transport is definitely riskier.
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The same air
However, we all breathe the same air on the plane for two hours. It’s not a problem?
This is a bit of a misunderstanding. All aircraft are now required to be equipped with air hepafilters that catch viruses. People also mistakenly think that the aircraft is ventilated from front to back, that is, that air flows through the entire aircraft from the front to the rear. However, this is not true.
So how is it ventilated?
The air in the plane flows from above and is sucked out at the bottom. So if we want to talk about any risk of infection, it’s people sitting on some two or three seats around you. Remember that feeling when you’re sitting in an airplane – it blows on your head and not in your face like in a car.
But we all breathe the same air for two hours, don’t we?
The air is filtered, so it’s not quite like that. After all, the viruses have been with us for a long time and we have not noticed that Ebola from Africa or the like is coming here on planes. There may be some risk, but it is in all enclosed public spaces today.
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