Author Background

Chien-tsung Lu is an Associate Professor at Purdue University. Huabo Sun is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Aviation Safety, China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology in Beijing.


The purpose of this study is to review pandemic-related publications that help the aviation industry cope with pandemic outbreaks like that of COVID-19. Published documents were searched and downloaded from academic libraries including Web of Science for a qualitative analysis. After the triangulation of publications for decisionmakers, and researchers, all important research clusters were visually generated based on the VOSviewer process. Some research clusters were further discussed for a thorough understanding of existing research perspectives. The result discovered that wearing a face mask and vaccination have been the two most effective means to counteract pandemic outbreaks. Additional findings were extracted from practitioners regarding the effectiveness of pandemic protocols and strategies.