The Best Face Mask for Air Travel Out of California in 2021
Planning a trip from California to another country or state this summer? While COVID-19 has taken away some of the spontaneity of daily life, air travel is still doable and enjoyable with the right gear and the proper planning ahead. Here is everything you need to know to make your trip both safe and fun.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Throughout the pandemic, recommendations and mandates have been adjusted as per the situation. However, 3 safe practices have been consistent. These are frequent hand cleaning, physical distancing and wearing face masks. While all three practices have proven themselves, hand sanitizing and physical distancing are not always possible, especially in airports and airplanes, which makes our selection of an effective face mask that much more critical.
What are the 4 makings of a good air travel face mask?
Airplane passenger cabins are confined spaces shared by strangers. This increases your risk of catching COVID-19 and other diseases. So, what should we look for in a mask for flights and what are the makings of the best face mask for air travel? There are 4 main points to consider when looking for the best travel mask for you:
1. Other passengers’ behavior: While the CDC’s guidelines require everyone to wear masks during flights, not everyone on the plane does this consistently or well. Incorrect mask positioning, poor mask selection, overusing disposable masks and mask removal could all put you at risk of catching COVID-19 from other passengers.
2. Air quality: Air quality in the passenger cabin is comprised of 3 components: the number of people with COVID-19 on the plane and how crowded the passenger cabin is, the fresh air introduced from the outside of the plane into the passenger cabin and the filtered air coming from the planes’ filtration system.
Bear in mind that even the best aircraft HEPA filtration systems require several minutes to cover the entire volume of air on the plane, meaning there is always air that is unfiltered at any given moment. Also, these filtration systems are not working at full capacity before takeoff and after landing. This shifts the responsibility for your protection to you, through your mask selection.
3. Comfort: When we use masks for a short amount of time, we can put up with some degree of discomfort. However, selecting a mask for a long flight requires different standards. Keeping your mask on in the passenger cabin is important. Choosing a mask that is comfortable enough to keep on is key. Look for a mask that is breathable, comfortable and provides a good, snug fit.
The CDC recommends fabric masks that include at least 2 layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric. The mask should provide proper fit so no air leaks out. The mask should also have an adjustable nose wire so that you can adjust the mask to your face. A mask like the SonoMask™ Pro covers all these requirements and goes way beyond the acceptable level with its award-winning active protection . The SonoMask™ Pro offers 3 layers of protection: an inner and outer layer made from soft, breathable poly/cotton blend as well a middle layer of non-woven filter.
It has an adjustable nose wire to improve the seal and prevent your glasses from fogging up so you can read or use your phone (on airplane mode) throughout your flight. It also comes with a fitted chin design and 4 sizes ranging from kids to adults’ XL so that everyone has access to Sonovia’s high protection mask.
4. Extra protection: The SonoMask™ Pro was developed with top-notch protection in mind, offering you 3 X 3 protection. The first line of defense in the SonoMask™ Pro comes from its extremely high filtration performance, offering an impressive 97% efficacy against 3-micron particles with the testing to back up these numbers . The second line of protection comes from the innovation behind the SonoMask™ Pro.
The Pro™ was made to deliver active protection on top of the passive filtration offered to some extent by all masks. The fabric in the SonoMask™ Pro is embedded with zinc. Zinc is known for its active antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. The zinc embedded in the SonoMask™ Pro’s fabric maintains its functionality and is proven to neutralize viruses and their variants as well as bacteria with over 99% efficacy.
The third line of protection of the SonoMask Pro™ is that it auto-cleans itself so that it does not get contaminated like standard disposable masks no matter how long your trip takes. And because the mask doesn’t become contaminated, you only really need to wash it as needed if it becomes dirty or stained. With the SonoMask™ Pro you get high-protection and low-maintenance!
Maskne-proof masking during air travel
You may have heard of maskne by now – the pimples, skin breakouts and other skin irritations caused by long hours of mask-wearing, even among individuals who have never met a zit in their lives prior to the pandemic. Sitting on an airplane for many hours with your mask constantly on can get you to your destination with less-than-ideal skin. But acne caused by masks, or maskne, doesn’t have to be a given. In fact, the zinc in the SonoMask™ Pro’s fabric has been tested and proven to eliminate acne-causing bacteria with 99.999999% efficacy.
Preventing bad odors inside your mask during flights
During long hours of wear, food and dirt may remain on the inside of our mask. All the hours on the airplane with less-than-ideal conditions for proper hygiene are wonderful news for bacteria that thrive on food particles and muck left behind inside our masks. This growth opportunity for bacteria could not just be dangerous but could also cause bad odor inside our mask which we would pretty much be stuck with for the full duration of our trip. But our trip doesn’t need to stink. The zinc in our SonoMask™ Pro is antibacterial and kills off the odor-causing bacteria leaving your mask smelling fresh and your trip filled with good memories, not bad odors.
Why do I need a high-protection air travel face mask if I’m vaccinated?
The FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines have dramatically turned things around for us in 2021, taking us from isolation to near-normalcy. However, no vaccine protects 100% of the people 100% of the time, so you still run a risk of catching COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. In addition, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to mutate incessantly, new and more contagious variants are constantly being identified. While the vaccines have been doing a good job of protecting us from serious illness and death thus far, catching and spreading COVID-19 while vaccinated is not fully blocked by the vaccine. We have no way of knowing who is sharing the cabin space with us. Masks are the first line of protection we have inside the plane to keep us safe.
Catching a breather with a trip out of LAX or SFO this summer may seem like a challenge but making smart decisions about our protection during air travel can make all the difference in keeping us safe. With the right air travel mask like the SonoMask™ Pro, offering a combination of high filtration, innovative active protection and impressive breathability and comfort, we have everything we need to travel safe. The SonoMask™ Pro goes the extra mile to keep you safe in the air and after landing for a fun and memorable travel experience.