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Flights: Expert reveals the BEST place to sit on a plane to avoid unpleasant consequence


Flights can be pretty exciting as they whisk you off to loved ones or to a fun holiday. However, nothing can ruin a trip like getting ill before you land. With so many people travelling in a plane – not all of whom have tip-top hygiene, there is a chance you could catch the sniffles. This is intensified b the lack of humidity and the close proximity to other travellers. So where can you sit on a plane to limit your chances of falling ill? 

To minimise your chances of submitting to a lurgy, try to get a window seat if you can.

This is because this position results in far less contact with other travellers – as well as cabin crew.

“If you’re planning in advance then try selecting a window seat so you can limit your contact with other passengers,” etiquette expert William Hanson told The Mirror.

That said, be sure not to rest your head against the window itself, a cabin crew member has said.

Fliers never know how many people have coughed, breathed, sneezed and who knows what else against the surface.

“I see plenty of people carry Lysol wipes with them that will wipe the area around their seat,” Linda Ferguson, a flight attendant for 24 years, told Reader’s Digest.

“If there was a backlight and they could light up a plane with all the germs, I think it would petrify everybody.

“My rule of thumb, and I never get sick, is I never put my hands in my mouth or near my face.”

Studies have shown that the germiest part of a plane is the aisle seat headrest.

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This is because people often grab this as they make their way past down the plane, revealed the research by Germfalcon, a company that makes a UV-C-light-cleaning robot, reported Lonely Planet.

However, according to researchers at Emory University in the United States, if you are sitting with a row or two seats of an infected passenger then you have an 80 per cent chance of catching the bug, no matter where you are sitting.

Meghan Markle shared one of her tricks to avoid falling ill on her now-defunct lifestyle site The Tig – putting antibacterial gel or cream on the inside of your nostrils. 

She didn’t think of it herself though – she was inspired by fellow-actor and Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio.

“[Leonardo] puts a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and coats the inside of his nostrils,” she wrote on the site. “Not only does it create a barrier for germs, it also lubricates the skin in the nose.”

Meghan added: “That’s important because when the skin cracks, germs can come a running in, so the coating of the Neosporin doubly protects you.”

Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment that provides long-lasting infection protection.

And the anti-bacterial cream is not Meghan’s only trick to avoid sickness.

She also shared on The Tig: “I’m no germophobe, but when I get on a plane I always use some quick hand wipes or a travel sanitizer spray to wipe it all down: that includes the little TV, the service tray, and all the buttons around your seat.”



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