Government urges D. Santis to ‘fly back into the air’ during a visit to Fort Lauderdale Airport

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – One of the biggest industries to be hit by the COVID-19 epidemic has been airlines and is definitely in South Florida.

On Friday, the governor of Florida. Ron de Santis met with airline officials and airport managers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

His businesses have been around since the epidemic began, but the governor wants his residents to know the flight is safe and urges passengers to return to the plane. And officials who met with him on Friday backed him up.

“The fact of the matter is, the plane isn’t just a vector where you’ve seen a lot of coronavirus outbreaks,” Disantis said during the meeting.

Urban legend says that planes are a healthier environment because you breathe in the air that other people exhale, but airline leaders have argued that this is not true.

“We have clean air everywhere,” said Andreas Berry, president of JetBlue Travel Products. “We have HEPA filters where the air is changed every two or three minutes.”

Airlines leaders said Friday that none of their flights had ever been ruptured by Covid-19.

John Bendorites, CEO of Spirit Airlines, said: “We have zero outbursts in spirit and we had zero guests come forward to tell them they had any trouble sitting on the plane.”

The epidemic has led to a significant drop in the number of passengers traveling by air in Florida.
The epidemic has led to a significant drop in the number of passengers traveling by air in Florida. (WPLG)

But nervous passengers still stay out of the air. In Florida, from March to June, there were 8.8 million passengers. There were 24 million in the same period a year ago. At Fort Lauderdale Airport, business is 70 percent closed.

Mark Gale, CEO of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said: “We want to walk out of here today with the understanding that travel is safe and we look forward to seeing our guests return to our wonderful airport.”

On Thursday, Aug 27, the Centers for Disease Control released a study, published in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, which found evidence of transmission on a flight to Seoul, Italy, South Korea in late March. They are further investigating how COVID-19 is transmitted to asymptomatic passengers. However, the flight from Milan to Seoul is 11 hours and 34 minutes, and prolonged exposure to any confined area increases the risk of infection.

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