Risks of flying commercial versus a private jet charter
As the world continues to grapple with Coronavirus, what do you do if flying is necessary for you? If your upcoming trip is essential, consider reserving a private jet charter instead of a commercial flight. There are several benefits as to why flying private may be a safer option than flying commercial when it comes to avoiding the virus.
For starters, private charters offer a more intimate in-flight experience. Unlike commercial aircraft, our jets are limited to a small number of passengers, so we cannot fly hundreds of people at one time. After all, the U.S. government has ordered citizens to avoid big gatherings and crowded spaces, so this makes our private jets a prime option when it comes to adhering to these social distancing standards. In fact, many of our jets can only accommodate eight to 10 passengers at once, which is perfect for when you are avoiding close contact with others.
At Charter Flight Group, we invite you to use our private jet comparisons charts to determine the aircraft that best suits your preferences. Look into the amenities, history, highlights, and specifications of each aircraft and choose one that has the appropriate amount of space for your needs. If you are concerned about the size of your aircraft, pick the one that can carry your ideal number of passengers. The choice is yours.
When flying private, the lead passenger often determines which passengers share their aircraft. Because there is limited space on the aircraft, you get to choose who fills those seats, whether it is your colleagues or family members. This lets you travel with people who are either in your household unit or who are following the same safety precautions as you are. Compare this to flying on a commercial flight with hundreds of strangers, and it is no wonder so many people are choosing private travel right now.
Less Interaction With Others
Another reason why using a private jet during Coronavirus is a safer option right now is that you do not have to pass through security screenings before boarding your jet like you would at a commercial airport. Our top private jet airports allow you to surpass the security gates and crowded airport settings, which may help you avoid contamination. There is no need to line up with other travelers and touch bins and conveyor belts.
If you do not need to pass through the main airport hub before boarding your private flight, you will likely go through a private airport setting, often referred to as a fixed base operator (FBO), which will be far less crowded. Other times, you can drive right up to your jet on the tarmac and directly board your private aircraft for takeoff, letting you bypass other travelers. Less interaction with others potentially means less exposure to the virus.
Private Jet Safety Measures
Additionally, at Charter Flight Group, our team is following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Transportation Security Association (TSA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). When it comes to private jet safety, we are more than covering all the bases.
Before boarding a private aircraft with Charter Flight Group, every passenger must present a COVID-19 Health Declaration Form. By signing this form, you declare that you have not received a positive COVID test, experienced symptoms, or knowingly come into contact with anyone with the virus within the past 14 days. You also agree to inform the charter company should your status change, such as if you receive a COVID-19 diagnosis, within 14 days before your flight and 30 days after. This information helps keep our passengers and flight crew as safe as possible.
All private jet passengers must also consent to a touchless infrared temperature check before boarding a flight with Charter Flight Group. However, this is not a requirement for every commercial airline. We do this to help protect our travelers and crew.
Following CDC recommendations, we will not allow a passenger to board the aircraft if their temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees F. Should you fail your temperature check, you will receive a 100% cancellation fee. Alternatively, if you have been treated for a non-communicable illness, which may exhibit symptoms or a high fever, you must provide a doctor’s note 24 hours prior to your departure.
At this time, every passenger is required to wear a mask covering their noses and mouths for the entirety of their private flight. If you do not comply, you will not be allowed to travel with us.
Above all, we trained our flight personnel on safety procedures and guidelines, and we are taking every precaution to help prevent the spread of the virus. We deep clean every aircraft and treat the interior with anti-microbial spray. On top of that, every jet has sanitary moist towelettes and hand sanitizers on board for our passengers and crew. And if anyone on board should start showing signs of illness, we follow proper CDC guidelines for disinfecting and addressing the situation.