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Are there ways to avoid getting sick after a airline flight?

WHEN Peter J. Sheldon boards a plane to any destination, his safety routine extends well beyond buckling his seat belt and noting the nearest exit. Once at his seat, he meticulously wipes down the cushions, armrests and tray table with disinfectant wipes. He refuses to touch the in-flight magazines and avoids using the restroom if at all possible. Since he began his in-flight cleansing routine he says he has weathered countless stares from other passengers but has never gotten ill from a flight.

(Seems this guy might have the right idea ....)


Asked by tasches at 6:22 PM on Mar. 3, 2011 in Health

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Answers (5)
  • I do not recall ever getting sick from a flight and I've flown about 20 times. Even before "Airborne" or whatever it's called.

    Answer by kjrn79 at 6:26 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • But if someone sneezes on him all the wiping down won't do any good! Does he wear a mask, too? LOL

    Answer by heathermarie32 at 6:26 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • Hold your breath?

    Answer by UpSheRises at 6:27 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • Don't eat anything or touch your mouth, nose or eyes without washing your hands first (or using sanitizer). It's hard to really get into this habit (it's so easy to quickly rub your eyes or nose) but it does significantly cut down on the germs that can get into your body... and it's easier than trying to sterilize the entire airport and airplane. It's the same thing you do when caring for a sick person in order to avoid getting sick yourself. Of course, if the guy next to you sneezes on you all during the flight, well, you're screwed.

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 9:31 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • The best way to avoid getting sick from anything is to make sure your immune system is always at its best. Eat well, sleep well, manage stress, limit caffeine, take probiotics and vitamins and minerals.

    I've never been sick after flying.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:51 AM on Mar. 4, 2011

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