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Covid-19 cause half of U.S. air travelers uncomfortable flying

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Aug 07, 2020 - 09:01 AM

LMBC BUSINESS – The current health crisis has caused insecurities to more than half of air travelers to fly, a recent study claimed.

The Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study has shown that 52 percent of American adults who took air transportation at least once a year are now uncomfortable flying.

The results are based on more than 10, 000 web-based surveys done from July 2 to 14.

It used Dynata’s opt-in web panel and sample has been adjusted statistically to represent key subgroups in their proper proportions of the U.S. adult population.

The percentage differs by age and political affiliation.

69 percent of American air travelers aged 55 and older say they would not be comfortable flying, compared with 33 percent of those aged 18 to 34.

The study has also established that political affiliations affect one’s security on air travel.

It said that about six in ten Democrats or 59 percent say they would not be comfortable at all, compared with about four in ten Republicans or 42 percent.

Independents, meanwhile, lean more toward Democrats’ views.

Many air travelers who feel comfortable with flying are more hesitant about longer flights, the study further claimed.

Almost half of the group comfortable flying say that they would be fine with taking a flight that lasted less than two hours or two to three hours.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of air travelers are also willing to pay fees to empty the seat next to them.

Forty-seven of the air travelers say it would be acceptable to pay a fee of under $100 to ensure an empty seat next to them.

Delta and JetBlue are currently guaranteeing empty middle seats, while Southwest Airlines promises to book flights at no more than two-thirds full.

Airline companies also impose minimum health standards like enhanced onboard cleaning and requiring passengers to wear face masks during flights.

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