Study: Here's why the way we board airplanes spreads diseases

Does the way we board airplanes help to spread disease? According to new research from Arizona State University, yes.

Planes are usually boarded in sections, which researchers say can create crowding in the aisles and lead to increased human contact and the spread of disease.

The researchers said that randomly boarding passengers would reduce the spread of an infection being transmitted by 27 percent compared to boarding in sections. 

Anuj Mubayi, one of the authors of the study, told Business Insider: “The policies that airlines have are designed for reducing time or cost. They are good for the airline. But it’s not beneficial for the people. The airlines don’t think of disease outbreaks when they design these policies.”

Smaller planes can also be greatly beneficial toward reducing the spread of disease.

Mubayi went on to say: “Using smaller airplanes during an outbreak, instead of completely banning flights to a specific destinations, can drastically reduce the probability of introduction of infection.”

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