Airline Pilot Believes Planes 'Couldn't Be Cleaner' Right Now

Jim Taylor
July 16, 2020 - 3:00 am

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    Come fly with me.

    That’s the sentiment expressed by one Bay Area commercial air pilot, who told KCBS Radio the air that crew and passengers breathe in the main cabin couldn't be cleaner, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The friendly skies aren't exactly filled with passenger jets, but there are planes making regular flights.

    What about the air in the main cabin? A little research will tell you it's better than 99% pure - a mixture of fresh and super-filtered air.

    "Right, we use the HEPA filters," one Alaska Airlines pilot said. "They’re these really high-quality filters that they use in hospitals."

    Bob flies regularly. In fact, he’s flying out from San Francisco International Airport this week.

    "We sanitize every single thing," he said. "I don’t like the idea of keeping the middle seat empty. That’s their choice, but it doesn’t make sense. When you have somebody across the aisle from you, arm’s length, somebody in front of you not even arm’s length and somebody behind you. So, you tell me that’s the difference?"

    American, United and Spirit are now booking flights to full capacity when they can.

    Passengers are required to wear face masks, those N95 masks are recommended. He and the crew get tested regularly.

    Once on a plane, most viruses and other germs don't spread easily because of the way air circulates, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Airlines have also said they are focusing on sanitizing the hard surfaces that passengers commonly touch.