11 responses to “Germs on a Plane: 5 Myths and Truths About Healthy Flying”

  1. marthaandme

    Thank you so much for this. I had often wondered about the truth of these things. I'm going to follow your recommendations when I fly again this winter.

  2. Alexandra Grabbe

    I have to fly across the continent this winter at some point to see my son's family, so this information reassured me on several counts. Thanks!

  3. Alisa Bowman

    Wow–I'm a health writer and I got some of these wrong! Yikes. Great quiz, and interesting way to present the info. I will start timing the runway groundings now–because I hate sitting on a hot, stuffy plane!

  4. Tracy Wong

    Oh I got some of these wrong too and I thought I had a pretty sound understanding of germs. All good information to know. I'll disinfect the air vent thingy with my handiwipe before I direct the air blast on me. Thanks!

  5. Meredith Resnick - The Writer's [Inner] Journey

    This really shed some light on staying healthy while traveling. And what about the surfaces inside airplanes…the armrests, overhead bins, tray tables. I don't like thinking about the bacteria. The antibacterial gels are a necessity.

  6. Sheryl Kraft

    This is very informative, Melanie. And although I thought I got the answers right, I was surprised when I didn't. Great tips, especially the one about the 30 minute limit…will have to pay attention to that one!

  7. Jennifer Margulis

    This is fascinating, Melanie. I am a seasoned traveler and I got some of these wrong too. I find it interesting that older planes can make you more prone to illness. I love your blog re-design by the way. It looks really impressive. I hope you'll be posting more often — I can't wait to read more.

  8. Mark H

    I've learned a few things in this quiz. Interesting stuff.

  9. debbie koenig

    Wow, I got almost every one wrong. Good thing I don't fly much!

  10. Alexandra

    ugh… as a frequent flyer, this does not reassure me much. That 72% of ill passengers is really freaky!

  11. Jon Rochetti

    Great info. Shocking that 7 of 10 got sick with no circulation.

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