Stay Healthy: How to Avoid the Dreaded Airplane Cold

Staying healthy is the most important thing; this should not change when boarding a plane. Have you ever caught a cold from travelling or something worse? It’s not surprising as planes rarely receive a thorough deep clean.

Keep yourself and your family healthy by avoiding the germs left behind on planes. Keep reading to find out how.

onboard a flight


How are planes cleaned?

For the cleanest plane, book the first flight of the day. However, the TV remote control, armrests, blankets, the seat itself, the overhead compartments and the toilet door handles may never be cleaned. This is because the ‘end of day’ clean is more in-depth. Whereas the in-between flight cleaning only includes emptying the toilet, seat pockets, and the floor vacuuming.

Due to the added time and money, it would take for a professional cleaner to complete these tasks, many airlines, but not all, choose not to invest in this service.

Aeroplane Myth

Many people believe that using the air conditioning fan is the reason behind catching a cold because of the recycled air. But in fact, this is not true! If anything, the moving air helps to keep germs away from you.

Tips on staying healthy

  • Carry antibacterial wipes in your hand luggage and use them to clean tray tables, tv screens, remote controls, and armrests as soon as you sit down. Also, use them to wash your hands after visiting the toilet and before eating.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they take you down the dehydrated path much quicker than other drinks. Instead, stick with bottled water.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing so as not to restrict blood circulation and protect you from the germs on the seat.
  • Take a decongestant or antihistamine on the day of flying. If you have any health conditions consult with a doctor first.
  • Try to limit the amount that you touch your face. Germs typically enter the body via the mouth, nose and ears.
  • The week before you go on holiday, build up your immune system with a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables.

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