Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Federal Leadership Needed to Advance Research, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has intensified ongoing concerns about air travel's role in spreading disease and raised questions about the safety of passengers and crew. Research that could provide quality information on communicable diseases in air travel can help to protect public health. The CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to monitor and report on federal efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. GAO was also asked to review research on disease transmission in air travel. This report examines: (1) the status of research on communicable diseases in air travel, including stakeholders' views on additional needed research and challenges to conducting it, and (2) the extent to which FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] and other federal agencies are advancing such research."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/