Airline Sickness – Susceptibility to Illness on Airline Flights
Almost thirty years ago, I wrote to American and United Airlines to improve their air quality with HEPA technology.
Cabin breathing air is recycled. Getting sick while traveling on airplanes is commonplace. Furthermore, the air filter system operation while idling is next to nil. Even when it is running well, it is not entirely effective.
Cabin air is not humidified. Viruses thrive in dry air under 30% relative humidity.
TSA check points are another source for picking up germs. Just think of putting the dirty soles of your shoes in bins with other personal items. How many times do TSA officers who have had their hands all over the prior customer touch you? While waiting in line, you could be standing in close proximity to someone who is contagious.
As a consequence, these contagions are brought inside the airplane.
Sitting close to other sick passengers is a “no-no.” Ask a flight attendant to be moved.
Play it safe given the poor air quality on the jetliner.
Increase your personal resistance to disease:
- Eat well,
- Exercise prior to the flight,
- Saline spray, and use
- Disinfectant wipes
Avoid shared items – pillows, for instance.
Point the air circulation flow from the overhead nozzle away from your faces.
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