Air travel reshaped as carriers struggle with pandemic

HEAVY DUTY: Melaku Gebermariam uses an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect the inside of a Delta Airlines jet between flights on July 22, at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. / AP FILE PHOTO/NATHAN ELLGREN
HEAVY DUTY: Melaku Gebermariam uses an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect the inside of a Delta Airlines jet between flights on July 22, at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. / AP FILE PHOTO/NATHAN ELLGREN
In a bid to survive, airlines are desperately trying to convince a wary public that measures such as mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus ­pandemic. It isn’t working. Surveys indicate that instead of growing comfortable with air travel, more people…

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