Not many people find planes to be a frightening way to travel. They offer an easy way to cover a long distance in a quick amount of time; however, what you do on those flights can be dangerous. We’re all guilty of putting ourselves and others in danger from time to time on a flight, whether we know it or not.
Sitting the entire flight
It always seems like a good idea to stay seated, especially if you’re not on the aisle seat. Unfortunately, low cabin pressure can slow up circulation and cause you to develop blood clots which can travel throughout your body. Consider changing leg positions regularly if you cannot get up.
Eating food that’s touched the tray table
The five-second, three-second or one-second rule don’t apply here. The tray table is where dirty diapers have been changed and used tissues have been sat. If any of your food touches the tray table, accept that you lost that part of your food rather than risk catching some sickness for the sake of a single pretzel. It is rare when flight crews have time to thoroughly clean the trays and even if you choose to wipe it down with your own antibacterial cloths, there are still bacteria there that you’re better off not exposing yourself to.
Not hitting “airplane mode”
There’s a reason for those friendly reminders to switch your cell phone off or onto airplane mode, and it’s not for fun. Cell phones searching for signal can interfere and complicate the equipment the pilot is using. Rather than make life difficult for the pilot who is trying to take off and land quickly and safely, put your phone on airplane mode. There’s no service in the sky anyhow.
Overfilling the overhead bin
There’s a reason for the size limit for carry on luggage. Shoving everything improperly into an overhead bin endangers yourself and those around you in the case of it accidentally unlatching and falling out. Even books and umbrellas can become a danger when a stuffed compartment is opened.
Skipping the water
While you may not want to fight for the bathroom, water is key in helping prevent blood clots from forming. The dry air in the cabin is dehydrating and so it is suggested that a pint of water is drunk for every three hours spent in the air. Avoid alcohol, tea, and coffee to avoid added dehydration.
Ordering Tea or Coffee
Obviously, they will cause dehydration as further mentioned but they both can contain high levels of dangerous bacteria as they are made with the plane’s tap water. On board water is frequently contaminated by the coliform bacteria, which comes from feces and host other bacteria like E. coli. Your best bet is to get sealed drinks and avoid ice made aboard the plane.