The airlines are starting to recover from the devastating toll of the coronavirus. While aircraft retirements and crew layoffs continue, passenger traffic is inching up to 40% of what it was in 2019. But while Congressional support has kept most US airlines from failing so far, no such help has been extended to the airline magazine.
When COVID-19 struck in the winter of 2020, many airlines pre-emptively removed all contents of the seat pockets, fearing they could be a nexus of disease. While in-flight magazines may not be interesting enough to go viral, apparently the airlines thought they could be contagious.
Interestingly, this fear may not have been founded. “Being made of paper, the magazine is also one of the most hygienic products on an aircraft, due to