Don't Touch These Spots on an Airplane
Once a great novelty, air travel is now an average part of life for many Americans, especially during the holidays, the busiest travel season in the country.[slideshow:104732]
According to the FAA, there were more than 15 million flights in, out and around the country in 2017, which is more than 40,000 flights a day. Despite air travel being as routine, frequent and safe as it is in our modern society, flying still poses a risk to your health.
Flying does a number on your body, inhibiting your immune system because of stress, dehydration, low cabin humidity and throwing off your circadian rhythm, but the main culprit that will cause you to get sick while travelling is germs.
The risk of getting sick while flying predominantly stems from touching so many high-traffic surfaces and being in close proximity with hundreds if not thousands of other people. Many of these locations aren't sanitized frequently enough, so the germs of many people accumulate there and can survive for hours if not days before hitching a ride on you.
In fact, airports and airplanes are dirtier than even the nastiest places in your house, such as your toilet seat. And after touching one of these surfaces, you might then touch your face, mouth, phone or a complimentary pretzel, transmitting germs into your system.
There are plenty of myths about how you get sick on an airplane, but you can separate fact from fiction and protect yourself from getting sick by knowing where germs are most likely to lurk.