Why do you get sick on airplanes?

Even when you sit on an airplane only for a short time, the narrow space and insanitary drink and food can make you sick.

Air quality

Unlike other vehicles such as cars, trains... the aircraft is a closed space where hundreds of passengers take breath in recirculated air. The air you breathe on the airplane is a mixture of fresh air outside and the air available in the cavity that going through the filtration process. The source of fresh air comes from the jet engine. 

Each circuit of air on a modern airplane will take place every 2-3 minutes. This process is much faster than it is in an office, classroom or hospital. 


In addition, any people insist that airplanes are plagued with bacteria and viruses that are out to get them. They are on the armrests, in the seat pockets, all over the magazines, lurking in the toilet cubicles, and hovering in the air, ready to pounce. As well as causing the common cold and influenza, these bugs and viruses can cause everything from skin diseases and upset stomachs. 

Narrow toilet 

Using toilet on board will make many passengers uncomfortable and cause potential risks, especially on long flights. Washbasins are often small, resulting in poor hand washing performance. If a previous passenger is infected with norovirus (a virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain), and does not wash his hands thoroughly, the virus will easily spread to other people through the places they touch. 

On long flights, the use of the toilet is unavoidable, but it is best to go to the airport toilet before flying. 

Water on the plane 

There is a water tank on the plane. This water is used to make tea and coffee. However, they may not be guaranteed for a variety of reasons, such as unsafe water supplies, unpaved water tanks, and under-qualified water carriers bringing E. coli and other harmful bacteria to airplanes. 

Therefore, you should not drink water from the faucet in the airplane toilet. You can use other available beverages such as bottled pure water, alcohol, soda, etc. and do not use ice. 

Low-quality food 


Food on board also has its own risks. Many types of viruses, such as Rhinovirus, E.coli, MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), can survive for many hours in an airplane environment. Many passengers carrying the bacteria and virus may have been sitting at your desk, using the table, the food tray you are using. Always wash your hands thoroughly before eating, wipe the table and utensils with a clean towel before having meals. 

By: Christina Baker

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