Protect Yourself At 40,000 Feet


Any type of travel can be taxing on ones health, but airplanes and airports seem to be the biggest sources of traveling diseases. It’s great that modern technology has helped us enough to get from New York City to any place in the world in less than a day, but germs are also passengers on the planes. The few Ebola scares we had last summer and fall prove that.

Sometimes, taking precautions are much easier than we think. The New York Times recently did a profile on Arlene Sheff, a frequent flier. Ms. Sheff actually wears an air purifier around her neck when she flies. However, it’s a rather expensive option, starting at $60, and doesn’t have a long lifespan. The plane air is actually rather pure, because it goes through multiple filters before it’s emitted for the passengers and is recycled through the system in less than a minute.

Ms. Sheff also uses wet wipes to disinfect her seat and anything she touches around her. However, as recently discussed on our blog, too much antibacterial is actually harmful for you. Antibacterial wipes and gels can actually decrease your ability to fight off infections.

But, experts do say Ms. Sheff is on the right track. The surfaces you touch are more likely to get you sick, not the air you breath in. Researchers from Auburn University found that MRSA and E. coli bacteria can live in airplane cabin surfaces for days after the host is gone. The bathroom handles, the plastic tray tables and the seat buckles are prime areas for germs and bacteria to live.

Cleaning crews do wipe down most of the aircraft, but it doesn’t happen in between each flight. To protect yourself from unwanted diseases, take your Pandle with you when you are flying. You won’t have to touch another contaminated plastic tray or bathroom lock at 40,000 feet again.

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