When it comes to traveling by plane, nothing about being in close proximity to bathrooms and strangers for hours feels particularly clean. However, even though you may not be able to make the seats bigger or the flight shorter, there are a few ways to avoid some of the filthiest spots on airplanes and make your travel experience more sanitary.
It’s worth mentioning that some people are actually more likely to get sick on planes since the cabin air humidity is under 20%. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, home humidity is usually over 30%, so that’s quite a big difference, especially one that your respiratory system is aware of.
Experts point out that dry air exposure can affect mucus, which is the immune system’s front line of defense. This can leave people more vulnerable to getting sick. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Research discovered that passengers are 113 times more likely to catch a common cold while on a plane than a typical ground transmission.
According to research, apart from humidity, there are lots of dirty places in planes. Let’s find them out!